Construction drawing for Forsythia seat

 
Accession number GD B-3-63
Alternative title Construction drawing for Forsythia seat for Robert Woods Bliss, Esq. at Washington, D.C.
Creator
Garden Area
Forsythia Dell
Fairview Hill
Date
1934
Measurements
67.2 x 75.7 cm (26.5 x 29.8 inches)
Materials/Techniques
graphite and pink colored pencil on tracing paper.
Work types
architectural drawings
drawings

Description

"Scale 1 1/2" = 1'-0" & 3" = 1'-0"" written below title.

Originally created for the Forsythia Dell to memorialize the friendship Robert and Mildred Bliss had with William and Caroline Phillips. The bench was moved about 1939 to a secluded area of Fairview Hill. Two small benches were created for the original space.

In a correspondence to Mildred Bliss, B:CP 1933.07.09, Caroline Phillips offered "three little extracts from Dante's Earthyly Paradise at the end of the Purgatorio" for the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens. The Italian quote used for the inscription on the bench is: "Ma con piena letizia in l'ore prime, Cantado ricevieno intra le foglie, Che tenevan bordone alle sue rime" Purgatorio XXVIII-16. English translation: "But, singing, with full pleasure they welcome, The first breezes within the leaves, Which were murmuring the burden of their songs."

Some report the bench has similarities to bench designs submitted to Mildred Bliss and Beatrix Farrand by Armand Albert Rateau.

Pink colored pencil on verso showing through to recto.

Title created by cataloger from title words.

Subjects

benches (furniture)
garden furniture
inscriptions
quotations (texts)
stone (worked rock)
wood (plant material)
arms (furniture components)
backs (furniture components)
aprons (furniture components)
elevations (orthographic projections)
sections (orthographic projections)
plans (orthographic projections)
measurements (dimensions)
Phillips, William, 1878-1968
Phillips, Caroline (1897-1961)
Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321. Purgatorio
architectural drawings (visual works)
 

Collection

Dumbarton Oaks Garden Archives
 

Repository

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, Rare Book Collection
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington (D.C)
Accession number GD B-3-63
Alternative title Construction drawing for Forsythia seat for Robert Woods Bliss, Esq. at Washington, D.C.
Creator
Garden Area
Forsythia Dell
Fairview Hill
Date
1934
Measurements
67.2 x 75.7 cm (26.5 x 29.8 inches)
Materials/Techniques
graphite and pink colored pencil on tracing paper.
Work types
architectural drawings
drawings