The salon is dominated by a Gothic style organ on the left at which a woman is seated; she is dressed in a white costume dated to the 1830s. A crystal and ormolu counterweighted chandelier is suspended from the Neo-Classical style vaulted ceiling. The windows in the rear are dressed in the Regency style, with deep fringe-edged swags, caught by a large eagle at top center. The Grecian style sofa in the foreground; desk in the Louis XVI style, with books and Chinese porcelains; chimney surround of the Adamesque period (1770s); and large porcelain vases and jars reflect a room of decoration spanning sixty years.


  • Title: Large Salon with Organ
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1830
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Watercolor and gouache over graphite on white wove paper
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Portmeirion Shop, London
  • 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.
  • 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: 29.1 x 43.1 cm (11 7/16 x 16 15/16 in.)
  • Bibliography: Charlotte Gere and Floramae McCarron-Cates, " House Proud, From Amateur to Professional and from Grand to Comfortable, " in 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), 41-42, fig.17; 85, pl. 12.

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