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Drawing, East Façade, Olana

This is a drawing.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It has been able to spend time at the museum on loan from Olana State Historic Site.

It is dated 1872. Its medium is brush and watercolor, pen and ink, graphite on paper.

From 1870 to about 1874, Frederic Church designed, built, and decorated the main house at Olana, his estate on the Hudson. For the architecture, he found inspiration from books on Persian architecture including Pascal Coste’s Monuments Modernes de la Perse (1867), which he purchased as library resource material. For the brick-patterned exterior and the beautifully-colored stenciled decoration inside and out, Church consulted sources including Jules Bourgoin’s Les Arts Arabes (1873), also in his collection and displayed nearby.

It is credited Lent by Olana State Historic Site.

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Its dimensions are

37.3 x 55.6 cm (14 11/16 x 21 7/8 in.) Frame: 50.8 x 2.5 x 66 cm (20 x 1 x 26 in.), approximate

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