Glen Ellen for Robert Gilmor, Towson, Maryland (perspective, elevation, and plan)
Alexander Jackson Davis (American, New York 1803–1892 West Orange, New Jersey)
Watercolor, ink, and graphite on paper
Sheet: 21 3/4 x 15 5/8 in. (55.2 x 39.7 cm)
Frame: 30 1/2 x 24 1/2 in. (77.5 x 62.2 cm)
Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1924
Not on view
Although Benjamin Latrobe's Sedgeley (1799), a classically planned house with some exterior Gothic details, is sometimes cited as the first Gothic Revival villa in the United States, Glen Ellen was the first truly Picturesque American Gothic home. Its design was inspired by two seminal English Gothic Revival models: Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill (1749–76) and Sir Walter Scott's Abbotsford (1812–15; 1819). These two houses delighted Robert Gilmor during a tour he made of England and Scotland. Davis recorded that his partner Ithiel Town (1784–1844) and Gilmor were responsible for the design of the cruciform floor plan, while Davis designed the Gothic ornamentation. Glen Ellen was demolished in the 1930s.
Signature: "I. Town & A. J. Davis, Arct."
Inscription: Under perspective: "New York 1832/ The Original Design/ I. Town & A. J. Davis Archt."; under elevation: "Dwelling, Executed for Robt. Gilmor Esq. near Baltimore"; under plan (on mount): "Town & Davis", 1832, Lower design as executed for Robt. Gilmor, jr. near Baltimore"
Alexander Jackson Davis (American, New York 1803–1892 West Orange, New Jersey); Vendor: Joseph Beale Davis (American, born 1856)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 11, 1994–September 19, 1994.
Peck, A. J. Davis, 1992, 3.18, p. 71, and color pl. 42
Alexander Jackson Davis, American Architect 1803-1872. Exh. cat. Amelia Peck, 1992, cat. no. 3.18, fig. no. 42, p. 71.
Johanna H. Seasonwein Princeton and the Gothic Revival: 1870–1930. Exh. cat., February 25-June 24. Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton University Press, 2012, fig. no. 5, 20, 135.
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