Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 18481933); Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company (18921902)
Watercolor, pen and silver– and copper–colored metallic inks, brown and black inks, and graphite on off–white wove watercolor paper; 13 3/4 x 201 5/8 in. (34.9 x 512.2 cm)
Purchase, Walter Hoving and Julia T. Weld Gifts and Dodge Fund, 1967 (67.654.4)
It is very likely that Tiffany's impressive display at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago caught the attention of Mrs. Henry Field and inspired her to hire Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company to design a gallery as a memorial to her husband at the Art Institute of Chicago. The Museum has more than 400 design drawings from the mid-1880s through the 1920s illustrating the diverse work of his various companies. In many cases, like this one, they remain the only record of a commission long since destroyed.