Glen Ellen for Robert Gilmor, Towson, Maryland (perspective, elevation, and plan)

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

Date: 1832

Medium: Watercolor, ink, and graphite on paper

Dimensions: 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)

Classifications: Drawings, Ornament & Architecture

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1924

Accession Number: 24.66.17


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.