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Autograph letter from architect Andrew Jackson Downing to Philadelphia wallpaper company re: decorating his Home in Newburgh, NY
Newburgh on the Hudson, NY 1852 - Downing's letter, written about 2 months before his tragic death, is addressed to Howell & Brothers the makers of the first machine printed wallpapers in America. A leading American advocate of the Gothic Revival, Downing designed his own cottage home, Highland Gardens in Newburgh, NY. In this 1852 letter to Howell & Brothers, Philadelphia wallpaper manufacturers, he discusses the decoration of his own home: "You will remember my calling at your store some three weeks ago & bringing away some samples of paper hangings. I wish to paper a large drawing-room in my own country house here with paper of the enclosed pattern [not present here]. Please send me enough of this for a room 20 x 24 ft and 12 1/2 feet high."As to settling his bill, Downing directs Howell & Brothers to "Robert Buist, seedsman" of Philadelphia. Buist was an important nurseryman, credited with introducing the poinsettia to the United States. Andrew Jackson Downing (1815 - 1852) was an American nurseryman, landscape designer, architectural pattern book writer, and leading He is considered the founder of American landscape architecture. In the present letter, Downing writes as an architect: "As I am an architect practicing [indistinct] on the Hudson & in New York, I can sometimes send you orders for papers". Downing's growing interest in architecture lead him to establish an office at Highland Gardens with architect Calvert Vaux (1824 - 1895) in 1850. This 1852 letter from late in the career of Andrew Jackson Downing provides valuable insights into the decoration of his own home (regrettably demolished in 1963) and to his new career as an architect. He was tragically killed in the explosion of the Hudson River steamer, "Henry Clay" some two months after this letter was written. Small 8vo, [3]pp ALS. Clean, contemporary folds, 7 1/2 x 5"
      [Bookseller: Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints, ABAA]
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