the art of interior drawing // DESIGN HISTORY

Did you know that nearly every major museum now allows you to browse their collections online?  One of my personal favorites is the Met in New York.  You type in any category and are likely to run into some amazing finds, many that have never been publically displayed.  It’s sort of like a build-your-own Antiques Roadshow.

Of course what really piques our interest are all things interior, so we’ve decided to explore the art of interior drawing with some fun examples from the 1800’s.  Some are by famouses (like Louis Comfort Tiffany) and some weren’t even signed, but each represents the interior styles at the time – from the ornate wood trim in the British drawings to the detailed wallpaper and textiles in the Dutch ones.  In the age of Instagram, Pinterest and 3D renderings, it’s nice to have such rich examples of interior design history.

the art of interior drawing // The Brits

A. Kofmann: the art of interior drawings
Sitting area, late 1800’s – A. Kofmann
A. Kofmann: the art of interior drawings
Sitting area in red, green & blue, late 1800’s – A. Kofmann
John Gregory Crace: the art of interior drawings
Staircase & skylight, late 1800’s – John Gregory Crace

the art of interior drawing // The Americans

Louis Comfort Tiffany: the art of interior drawings
Grand room design for New York home, 1892 – Louis Comfort Tiffany
Louis Comfort Tiffany: the art of interior drawings
Living room design inspired by English Arts Crafts, late 1800’s – Louis Comfort Tiffany

the art of interior drawing // The French

Anonymous: the art of interior drawings
French sitting room, 1860 – Anonymous
A. Fix French Club Room, 1878
A. Fix French Club Room, 1878

the art of interior drawing // The Italians

Anonymous: the art of interior drawings
Drawing room, 1838 – Anonymous
Gaetano Landi: the art of interior drawings
Living room inspired by the Egyptians, 1810 – Gaetano Landi

the art of interior drawing // The Dutch

Sitting room, 1830 – Charles de Brocktorff
art of interior drawings, Charles de Brocktorff
Sitting room, 1830 – Charles de Brocktorff