American Institute, New York City (front elevation)
Alexander Jackson Davis (American, New York 1803–1892 West Orange, New Jersey)
Designed by Town & Davis (1829–35 and 1842–43)
Watercolor, ink and graphite
Sheet: 31 x 25 1/8 in. (78.7 x 63.8 cm)
Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1924
Not on view
This design for the American Institute follows a scheme that features more often in Davis' designs for public buildings in an urban environment. The facade of this building is most strongly marked by its columns, which, although abstracted, are in the Egyptian style. It is certainly not the only Egyptian revival building Davis designed, but he more commonly applied the style to penitentiaries, cemetery entrances, and monuments.
Inscription: Verso: "Drawn by Alex. J. Davis in 1835 for the Atheneum of Nat. History, NY." Below and in a different hand: "not executed and not in Diary. J. B. D."
Alexander Jackson Davis (American, New York 1803–1892 West Orange, New Jersey); Vendor: Joseph Beale Davis (American, born 1856)
Peck, A. J. Davis, 1992, no. 2.23, p. 53, col. pl. 32.
Alexander Jackson Davis, American Architect 1803-1872. Exh. cat. Amelia Peck, 1992, color plate 32, cat. no. 2.23, p. 53.
Artist: Designed by Alexander Jackson Davis (American, New York 1803–1892 West Orange, New Jersey)Date: ca. 1857Medium: Black walnut; replacement underupholstery and showcoverAccession: 1995.111On view in:Gallery 736