Lot 576: Exceptional German lithograph, 23 x 14, titled in German [translated here], 'Perspective View of House in its Landscape in Springfield, Ohio, for Burton,' with Wright's handwritten pencil notations at the top, "Tri-dimensional Surface and Wall—(The Interior outwardly expressed) NEW. Walls are screens, roof uninterrupted planes. Offering in Europe 1910." Double-matted to an overall size of 28.5 x 21. In fine condition, with subtle scattered foxing. The house depicted is the Burton Westcott House, built in 1904–05 and considered a significant example of Wright's 'Prairie Style' houses. With Wright's abstruse commentary at the top, he notes that the diagram is "tri-dimensional," that is, shown in plan, section, and elevation, and that the "interior is outwardly expressed," meaning that the interior function can be inferred by exterior design. Wright's architecture grew popular in Germany, and the publisher Ernst Wasmuth released a two-volume lithograph portfolio of his designs—the first publication of Wright's work anywhere in the world. This example comes from the Wasmuth portfolio that Wright annotated and gave to his longtime friend (and sometimes enemy) critic Lewis Mumford, who was noted for his study of cities and urban architecture. Oversized.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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