Alexander Jackson Davis (American, New York 1803–1892 West Orange, New Jersey)
Watercolor, ink and graphite
Sheet: 20 3/4 x 14 1/2 in. (52.7 x 36.8 cm)
Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1924
Not on view
This striking design for the Astor Library restates Davis' theme of powerful piers and multistoried "Davisean" windows, while the leaning books in the building's pediment show the architect at his most fanciful. Behind the facade was a large rotunda, a circular reading room, which took its inspiration from the Antique Pantheon, but possibly by way of the Radcliffe Library at Oxford or Thomas Jefferson's invention for the library of the University of Virginia.
Verso: Two Plans
Inscription: Verso: "Davis design for Astor Library made at invitation of Washington Irving, 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. 2.25, p. 53, col. pl. 33
Alexander Jackson Davis, American Architect 1803-1872. Exh. cat. Amelia Peck, 1992, color plate 33, cat. no. 2.25, 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