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Study for the Astor Library, New York

Artist:
Alexander Jackson Davis (American, New York 1803–1892 West Orange, New Jersey)
Date:
1843
Medium:
Watercolor, ink and graphite
Dimensions:
Sheet: 20 3/4 x 14 1/2 in. (52.7 x 36.8 cm)
Classifications:
Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1924
Accession Number:
24.66.419
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

Signature: Signed

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.



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