Lyndhurst for George Merritt, Tarrytown, New York (west [rear] elevation and plan)

Artist: Alexander Jackson Davis (American, New York 1803–1892 West Orange, New Jersey)

Date: 1865

Medium: Watercolor, ink, and graphite on paper

Dimensions: Sheet: 18 7/8 x 26 5/8 in. (47.9 x 67.6 cm)

Classifications: Drawings, Ornament & Architecture

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1924

Accession Number: 24.66.14

Description

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.

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