Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Original gouache drawing found for "The Conquest of Granada"

About a year and a half ago, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum began an inventory of its prints and drawings and discovered a collection of Morse’s original designs for stained glass, book covers, and other related subjects. Among the 35 designs for book covers, only one has so far been identified as belonging to a published book.

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Washington Irving
Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada:Agapida Edition; Author’s Revised Edition (in two volumes)
New York and London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
226 x 165 x 38 mm
Printer: The Knickerbocker Press, 1893
Dubansky Entry 93-2, p. 66

This is a half, preparatory drawing of Conquest of Granada. Cooper-Hewitt Accession Number: 1943-33-1-19; size: 20.4 x 7 x 1cm.:

The motifs used in this design also appear in Morse’s designs for stained glass…

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