Lyndhurst for George Merritt, Tarrytown, New York (west [rear] elevation and plan)
Alexander Jackson Davis (American, New York 1803–1892 West Orange, New Jersey)
Watercolor, ink, and graphite on paper
Sheet: 18 7/8 x 26 5/8 in. (47.9 x 67.6 cm)
Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1924
Not on view
In 1864, Davis was commissioned by George Merritt to enlarge Knoll, the house he had built for the Paulding family between 1838 and 1842. In essence, he created a new house, the greatest house in the late Gothic Revival style still standing. Dramatically massed, it sits majestically upon a knoll, surrounded by many acres of Downingesque landscape, one of the few reminders of the glory of the preindustrial Hudson River valley. Lyndhurst is now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is open to the public.
Alexander Jackson Davis (American, New York 1803–1892 West Orange, New Jersey); Vendor: Joseph Beale Davis (American, born 1856)
Peck, A. J. Davis, 1992, 3.22, p. 74, 4.24, p. 100, and color pl. 56.
Alexander Jackson Davis, American Architect 1803-1872. Exh. cat. Amelia Peck, 1992, cat. no. 3.22, 4.24, fig. no. 56, p. 74, 100.
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