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Eliphalet W. Blatchford House, Chicago, Illinois, LaSalle Street Elevation and Partial Section

A work made of ink and watercolor on paper.
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  • A work made of ink and watercolor on paper.

Date:

1873/75

Artist:

Peter Bonnett Wight
American, 1838-1925

About this artwork

New York architect Peter B. Wight was one of the first to bring the High Victorian Gothic style from England
to the United States. Wight used this style for many early commissions, such as this house for industrialist Eliphalet Blatchford and his family, built just after the Great Chicago Fire. With polychromatic masonry, metalwork, and an asymmetrical form, this house would have stood out in Chicago as a bold hybrid of influences from 19th-century Great Britain and 15the-century Italy. Wight’s designs for the interior of the house also embraced the modern idea of gesamtkunstwerk, or cohesive design, with medievalinspired
schemes for woodwork, furnishings, and brightly colored wall papers.

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Architecture and Design, Gallery 285

Artist

Peter Bonnett Wight (Architect)

Title

Eliphalet W. Blatchford House, Chicago, Illinois, LaSalle Street Elevation and Partial Section

Origin

LaSalle Street, 375 North

Date

1873–1875

Medium

Ink and watercolor on paper

Dimensions

51 × 63 cm (20 1/16 × 24 13/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Peter Bonnett Wight

Reference Number

1989.412

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