Willard Thomas Sears - Design for the Courtyard of Fenway Court, 1900

Willard Thomas Sears (New Bedford, 1837 - 1920, Boston)

Design for the Courtyard of Fenway Court, 1900

Pencil and watercolor on wove paper, 61.6 x 99.7 cm (24 1/4 x 39 1/4 in.) sheet


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Commissioned from Willard T. Sears by Isabella Stewart Gardner in 1900.


Giovanna De Appolonia. "A Venetian Courtyard in Boston" in Elizabeth Anne McCauley et. al. Gondola Days: Isabella Stewart Gardner and the Palazzo Barbaro Circle. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2004), pp. 186-87, fig. 135.
Cynthia Saltzman. Old Masters, New World: America’s Raid on Europe’s Great Pictures (New York: Penguin Books, 2008), p. 83.

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Architect Willard T. Sears worked with Isabella Stewart Gardner to build her museum, which she called Fenway Court, between 1899 and 1901. This concept drawing is one of a series that Gardner kept after the project’s completion.