Design for Henry Field Memorial Gallery at the Art Institute of Chicago

Artist: Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)

Maker: Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company (American, 1892–1902)

Date: ca. 1893–94

Geography: Made in New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Watercolor, pen and silver- and copper-colored metallic inks, brown and black inks, and graphite on off-white wove paper

Dimensions: 13 3/4 x 20 9/32 in. (35 x 51.5 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Purchase, Walter Hoving and Julia T. Weld Gifts and Dodge Fund, 1967

Accession Number: 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.