Design for a Double Townhouse (front elevation)

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

Date: ca. 1843

Medium: Watercolor and ink on paper

Dimensions: Sheet: 14 1/2 x 20 1/4 in. (36.8 x 51.4 cm)

Classifications: Drawings, Ornament & Architecture

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1924

Accession Number: 24.66.55


Although Davis generally designed classical city houses, maintaining that the more romantic styles were better suited to suburban and country homes, this double townhouse, with its roofline supported by decorative eaves brackets, is an attractive example of the Gothic Revival style. We have no indication of whether the designs were actually realized, or whether this was just an object of study for Davis.