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An Interior with a Curtained Bed Alcove

Unknownca. 1853

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

This bedroom-boudoir suggests a room for receiving, sewing, writing, gossiping and sleeping. The tall, narrow room is set with a curtained bed alcove at one end. The walls are densely hung with pictures. A gold-and-black lacquer cabinet, a desk, and a casual arrangement of a table laden with books and sewing basket emphasize the informal character of the room. A colorful floral carpet in red and green tones covers the entire floor.

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  • Title: An Interior with a Curtained Bed Alcove
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: ca. 1853
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Adrian Ward-Jackson, London; Julius Bohler, Munich
  • Paper Support: Whatman paper with dated watermark, possibly 1853
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY - Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. House Proud: Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection, August 12, 2008-January 25, 2009.New York - Frick Collection, An Album of Nineteenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections, May 21 – August 23, 1992.Oneonta, NY - Hartwick College, 18th and 19th Century Watercolors of European Domestic Interiors, 1987, No. 12, (illus.).New York - The Pierpont Morgan Library, Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Victor Thaw, Part II, 1985, No. 70, (Illus.).Munich, Julius Bohler, Gemalde Handzeichnungen Plastiken, 1982, no. 49, pl. XXV (Illus.).
  • Dimensions: Frame H x W x D: 50.2 x 39.7 x 2.5 cm (19 3/4 x 15 5/8 x 1 in.)Sheet: 28.8 x 21.5 cm (11 5/16 x 8 7/16 in.)
  • Bibliography: Gail S. Davidson et al., House Proud, Nineteenth-Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection (New York: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 2008), 65, fig. 54; 118, pl. 52.Charlotte Gere, Nineteenth-Century Decoration: The Art of the Interior (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1989), 196-197 [Illus.].Charlotte Gere, An Album of Nineteenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections (New York: The Frick Collection, 1992), 82-83 (Illus.).
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor and gouache with touches of gum arabic over graphite on Whatman paper with dated watermark, possibly 1853

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