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E-12: English Drawing Room of the Georgian Period, c. 1800

A work made of miniature room, mixed media.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of miniature room, mixed media.


c. 1937


Designed by Narcissa Niblack Thorne
American, 1882-1966

About this artwork

The sixty-eight Thorne Miniature Rooms enable viewers to glimpse elements of European interiors from the late 13th century to the 1930s and American interiors from the 17th century to the 1930s. Painstakingly constructed on a scale of one inch to one foot, these fascinating models were conceived by Mrs. James Ward Thorne of Chicago and constructed between 1937 and 1940 by master craftsmen according to her specifications. The English Drawing Room of the Georgian Period, c. 1800, reproduced here in detail, was intended to illustrate the late-18th-century Neoclassical style of designer Thomas Sheraton, distinguished by elegant, light shapes and colors. The furniture replicas, made in England, include a harpsichord that is strung with wires attached to moveable ivory keys.


On View, Gallery 11


Applied Arts of Europe


Narcissa Niblack Thorne (Designer)


E-12: English Drawing Room of the Georgian Period, c. 1800


United States (Object made in)

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Made 1932–1937


Miniature room, mixed media


Interior, Scale 1 inch = 1 foot: 28.6 × 48.3 × 42 cm (11 1/4 × 19 × 16 1/2 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. James Ward Thorne

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