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Tympanum

  • Place of origin:

    Chicago (made)

  • Date:

    1884 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sullivan, Louis Henry, born 1856 - died 1924 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    terracotta

  • Museum number:

    A.20-1977

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This tympanum is made by the US architect Louis Henry Sullivan (1856-1924) in ca. 1884. The tympanum with a semicircular arch of wedge-shaped bricks originally surmounted a window of the top storey of the facade of the Scoville Building, later SSA-Payment Center in Chicago which has since been demolished. It comprises of three segments in terracotta which are decorated with stylised acanthus leaves and scroll ornament, and a semicircular shell-shaped at the centre of the moulded architrave.

Physical description

The tympanum with a semicircular arch of wedge-shaped bricks. It comprises of three segments in terracotta which are decorated with stylised acanthus leaves and scroll ornament, and a semicircular shell-shaped at the centre of the moulded architrave.

Place of Origin

Chicago (made)

Date

1884 (made)

Artist/maker

Sullivan, Louis Henry, born 1856 - died 1924 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

terracotta

Dimensions

Height: 110 cm, Width: 230 cm

Object history note

Given by General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service, Washington, D.C.

Historical context note

The tympanum with a semicircular arch of wedge-shaped bricks originally surmounted a window of the top storey of the facade of the Scoville Building, later SSA-Payment Center in Chicago which has since been demolished.

Descriptive line

Tympanum, terracotta / brick, from the Scoville Building, Chicago, by Henry Louis Sullivan, American, 1884

Materials

Terracotta

Subjects depicted

Acanthus leaves; Tympanum

Categories

Architecture; Architectural fittings; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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