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Interior View of a Library in Gothic Style

Charles James Richardsonca. 1860

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

This library interior is a prime example of Gothic Revival vocabulary. The room is dominated by the ceiling decoration of intertwining arches. French doors are designed with pointed arches, a cross and an overdoor molding of broken arches. A chimney and mirror, flanked by large sculptures on plinths, are at right center. The bookcases terminate in an egg and dart molding.

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  • Title: Interior View of a Library in Gothic Style
  • Creator: Charles James Richardson
  • Date Created: ca. 1860
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Jeremy Cooper Limited, London
  • Paper Support: White wove paper
  • 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.London - Jeremy Cooper Limited, Architecture & Decorative Arts, 1830-1940, no. 25, (Illus.).
  • Dimensions: Frame H x W x D: 44.8 x 60.3 x 2.5 cm (17 5/8 x 23 3/4 x 1 in.)Sheet: 27.4 x 39.8 cm (10 13/16 x 15 11/16 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), 59, fig. 43; 127, pl. 63.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush and watercolor, graphite on white wove paper

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