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Four Seasons

Artist:
Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Artist:
Agnes F. Northrop (1857–1953)
Maker:
Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company (American, 1892–1902)
Date:
ca. 1897–99
Geography:
Made in New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Watercolor, gouache, graphite, and red earth chalk pencil on on white wove paper formerly overmatted with original warm grey window matt
Dimensions:
Overall: 29 5/16 x 18 9/16 in. (74.5 x 47.2 cm) Other (Design): 24 7/8 x 18 7/16 in. (63.2 x 46.8 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Walter Hoving and Julia T. Weld Gifts and Dodge Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
67.654.317
Not on view
Northrop collaborated with her mentor and the founder of Tiffany Studios, Louis Comfort Tiffany, on this magnificent design for a window commissioned for Walter Jennings’s Long Island home, Burrwood. In Northrop’s memoirs, she reflected that in the glass studio, “I managed to make a place for myself in flowers and landscape (I did not do Figure).” Here, Tiffany himself designed the central allegorical figures representing the four seasons, while Northrop created the floral border, and both signed the drawing. In the border, rectangular panels frame twelve varieties of flowers, painted with Northrop’s remarkable eye for detail and signifying the twelve months of the year. These panels, drawn relatively early in her career, display the variety of floral motifs that Northrop would turn to again and again, forming a visual dictionary of sorts. Naturalistic and vibrant flowers dominated the windows Northrop designed for Tiffany over the next two decades, and, along with landscapes, were the subject matter on which she built her reputation.
Signature: [recto, on drawing, center panel, lower left]: Louis C. Tiffany; [recto, on drawing, lower left corner panel, in graphite]: A NORTHROP

Inscription: [recto, top left margin of drawing, in graphite]: Pale Lavendar [sic]/ Clematis; [recto, top right margin of drawing, in graphite]: Dark Purple [Clematis]; [recto, right margin of drawing, in graphite]: Yellow/ Roses-/ Poppies/ [?N K 4]; [recto, left margin of drawing, in graphite]: [illegible]/ Pe[o]nies; [recto, lower left margin of drawing, in graphite]: Iris
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