A truly eclectic style of decoration prevails in this New York City library. The placement of the settee, recessed into a bookcase, is typical of the Aesthetic Movement. The green and yellow printed upholstery fabric reflects the designs of William Morris, as do the window drapery and valance. The chandelier has elements of the Gothic Revival style; however, the desk lamp looks toward Art Nouveau. Hydrangeas at the window; a floral arrangement on the sofa table; and porcelains, glass and sculptures are common features of the Victorian period.


  • Title: Library Interior
  • Creator: Edward Lamson Henry
  • Creator Lifespan: 1841/1913
  • Date Created: ca. 1900
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Thaw Collection
  • Medium: Brush and watercolor and gouache on white wove paper
  • Signed: Lower left: E. L. Henry
  • Provenance: Eugene V. Thaw Collection; Sotheby's New York, 21 September 1994, lot 4
  • Paper Support: White wove paper
  • Inscribed: Verso in pen and black ink: Interior Design - Library/ 56 East 93rd St. N.Y.C./ E. L. HenryOn back of frame, along upper edge, center in graphite: 10/24 D. D. Wigmore; stamp in black: 47
  • 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.Dee Dee Wigmore Fine Art (see inscription on old frame), 10/24?
  • Dimensions: Old frame H x W x D: 44.5 x 54.6 x 4.3 cm (17 1/2 x 21 1/2 x 1 11/16 in.)Sheet: 29.8 x 40 cm (11 3/4 x 15 3/4 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), 60, fig. 48; 129, pl. 65.

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