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Let Him Roar, Mr. Speaker

Artist:
Thomas Nast, 27 Sep 1840 - 7 Dec 1902  Search this
Publication:
Harper's Weekly, active 1857 - 1916  Search this
Associated Person:
James Baird Weaver, 12 Jun 1833 - 6 Feb 1912  Search this
Medium:
Wood engraving on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 34 × 23.2 cm (13 3/8 × 9 1/8")
Sheet: 39.8 × 28.5 cm (15 11/16 × 11 1/4")
Type:
Print
Date:
March 6, 1880 (date of publication)
Topic:
Nature & Environment\Animal\Donkey  Search this
Interior  Search this
Printed Material\Book  Search this
Caricature  Search this
Magazine  Search this
Cartoon\Political  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
AD/NPG.79.9
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm49be773cb-62de-4860-8ae6-26e17be67196
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_AD_NPG.79.9

The Interior design yearbook

Author:
Interior Design House Ltd  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
19uu
Topic:
Interior decoration--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
NK1700 .I612
NK1700.I612
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_388731

Domina : bimestrale di proposte ed immagini per la casa, la tavola ed i loro complementi

Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
19uu
Topic:
Interior decoration  Search this
Table setting and decoration--Periodicals  Search this
Decoration and ornament  Search this
Call number:
NK1700 .D671
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_496832

Ambientare

Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
Italy
Date:
19uu
Topic:
Interior decoration  Search this
Interior decoration--Periodicals  Search this
Decoration and ornament  Search this
Call number:
NK1700 .A493
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_496838

The A.I.D. annual / American Institute of Decorators

Title:
American Institute of Decorators annual
AID annual
Author:
American Institute of Decorators  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
United States
Date:
1942
1942-
Topic:
Interior decoration  Search this
Interior decoration--Periodicals  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Decoration and ornament  Search this
Call number:
NK1700 .A288
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_496839

Tapeten zeitung

Author:
Verband Deutscher Tapetenfabrikanten  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill., samples ; 30 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
Germany (West)
Topic:
Wallpaper--Periodicals  Search this
Floor coverings--Periodicals  Search this
Interior decoration--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
NK3375 .T172
NK3375.T172
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_409867

Meubles et décors

Author:
Societé d'exploitation des éditions meubles et decors (France)  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
France
Date:
19uu
Topic:
Interior decoration--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
NK1700 .M59
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_500478

Wallcoverings, windows & interior fashion

Title:
Wallcoverings, windows, and interior fashion
Wallcoverings
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
United States
Date:
1991
1998
[1991]-1998
Topic:
Wallpaper  Search this
Wall coverings  Search this
Interior decoration--Periodicals  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_453195

Elizabeth Gordon Papers

Creator:
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Names:
Claiborne, Craig  Search this
Gordon, Elizabeth, 1906-2000  Search this
Leach, Bernard, 1887-1979  Search this
Extent:
3 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Periodicals
Photographs
Correspondence
Personal papers
Place:
Japan
Date:
1958-1987
Summary:
Papers, 1959-1987, of Elizabeth Gordon, editor of the periodical, House Beautiful from 1941-1964, mostly related to her research for the August and September 1960 issues of House Beautiful regarding the Japanese aesthetic concept of "shibui", and the subsequent travelling "shibui exhibition" from 1961-1964. Included are correspondence, some photocopies, 1959-1963; notes; drafts for articles and lectures; printed material including magazine and newspaper clippings, 1959-1987; 2 books, and exhibition announcements; drawings of paper and foil art; a photo album containing photos of exhibition installations; and photographs, slides, color transparencies, and lantern slides depicting people, sites, and objects reflecting the "shibui" aesthetic.
Scope and Contents:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers measure 4.5 linear feet and span the years 1959-1987. The collection mainly documents Ms. Gordon's research for the August and September 1960 issues of House Beautiful regarding the Japanese aesthetic concept of "shibui", and the subsequent travelling "shibui exhibition" from 1961-1964. Included are correspondence, some photocopies, 1959-1963; research notes and materials; articles; lectures; printed material including magazine and newspaper clippings, 1959-1987; 2 books, and exhibition announcements; article materials; a photo album containing photos of exhibition installations; and photographs, slides, color transparencies, and lantern slides depicting people, sites, and objects reflecting the "shibui" aesthetic.
Arrangement note:
This collection is organized into eight series. 1. Biographical data, 2. Shibui research, 3. Shibui issues of, House Beautiful, 4. Correspondence, 5. Shibui promotion, 6. Exhibition files, 7. Printed materials, and 8. Photographs.
Biographical Information:
Born in Logansport, Indiana in 1906, Elizabeth Gordon served as editor of House Beautiful magazine 1941 to 1964. Ms. Gordon first became interested in Japanese aesthetics during the mid-1950s. As a result she began to read and study Japanese art, history and culture. In 1959, Gordon travelled to Japan with three staff people from, House Beautiful. In Kyoto she met Eiko Yuasa, a young woman then employed by the City of Kyoto to handle foreign V.I.P.s, who was assigned to assist Gordon during her stay there. It was Ms. Yuasa who, in the course of discussions of Japanese aesthetics, introduced the term "shibui." Around that term and its related concepts ("iki", "jimi", "hade") the theme for the issue began to crystallize. In August and September, 1960, House Beautiful, under the editorial control of Ms. Gordon, published two extremely popular issues devoted to the subject of "shibui". Due to the popularity of the issues, museum exhibits devoted to the concept of "shibui" travelled around the United States. Ms. Gordon died in Adamstown, Maryland in 2000.

Biographical Overview

1906 -- Born in Logansport, Indiana

1920s -- Attended the University of Chicago

1930s -- Moved to New York to work as a promotional copywriter for several newspapers

1930s -- Syndicated columnist on home maintenance for The New York Herald Tribune

1930s -- Editor at Good Housekeeping (here for 8 years)

1937 -- More House for your Money by Elizabeth Gordon and Dorothy Ducas published by W. Morrow and Company: New York.

1937 -- Married Carl Hafey Norcross

1939 -- Appointed editor of House Beautiful

1964 -- Left the magazine world

1972 -- Published a special issue on Scandinavian design and awarded the insignia of a knight, first class, in the Finnish Order of the Lion

1987 -- American Institute of Architects made her an honorary member

1988 -- Carl Hafey Norcross died

September 3, 2000 -- Died in Adamstown, MD

(The following biography of Elizabeth Gordon comes courtesy of curator Louise Cort. Written in consultation with Elizabeth Gordon, October 23, 1987)

The research papers, memoranda, magazines, books, photographs and color transparencies and other materials in this archives are related to the publication by Elizabeth Gordon (Mrs. Carl Norcross), editor of House Beautiful from 1941 to 1964 and creator of the August, 1960 issue of the magazine on the special theme of the Japanese aesthetic concept of "shibui". The "shibui issue" was followed by the September, 1960, issue of the same publication on the theme, "How to be shibui with American things." As a by-product of the issues, a "Shibui Exhibition" travelled to eleven museums in the United States during 1961-1964. Each exhibition was opened with a slide lecture by Elizabeth Gordon.

Miss Gordon first became curious about Japanese aesthetics in the mid-1950s when she began to see Japanese objects being displayed and used in the homes of Americans who had spent time in Japan during the Occupation and Japanese influence began to appear in wholesale showrooms of home furnishings manufacturers. It was clear that the time had come: she HAD to go to Japan!

She read for five years before going to Japan - history, social mores, art history. (Many of the books on Japan that she collected during this time have been presented to the library at the University of Maryland, College Park.)

An important bit of advice came from Alice Spaulding Bowen, owner of Pacifica, the highest quality shop of Asian antiquities in Honolulu, who told her, "Be sure to read, The Tale of Genji - then you'll understand everything."

She made her first trip to Japan in April, 1959, accompanied by three staff people from, House Beautiful. In Kyoto she met Eiko Yuasa, a young woman then employed by the City of Kyoto to handle foreign V.I.P.s, who was assigned to assist Miss Gordon during her stay there. It was Ms. Yuasa who, in the course of discussions of Japanese aesthetics, introduced the term "shibui." Around that term and its related concepts ("iki", "jimi", "hade") the theme for the issue began to crystallize.

Miss Gordon came home, planning to spend the summer researching "shibui" with the aid of the Japan Society. But she found virtually nothing written in English on the concept. So she returned to Japan in December, 1959 together with staff member Marion Gough, to dig deeper and to work out details and get better educated with Eiko Yuasa. One of their devices was to walk through department stores and discuss with sales personnel whether objects for sale were "shibui", or were "jimi" or "hade", and why. Between themselves, they did the same for the costumes of women they saw on the streets.

Lacking printed sources for information on "shibui", Miss Gordon sought out and interviewed experts, including Douglas Overton, head of the Japan Society in New York. In Japan in December, 1959, she met Yanagi Soetsu, founder of Japan's Folk Craft Movement and head of the Craft Museum in Tokyo (with an introduction from Tonomura Kichinosuke, head of the Craft Museum in Kurashiki). She met the chef Tsuji Kaichi, who was commissioned to write an article on "kaiseki" (that could not be used because of an inadequate English translation) and Frances Blakemore. She met several times with Bernard Leach and attended his lecture at Bonnier's while he was in New York in March, 1960. (He would later write a "fan letter" for the issue)

As the concept of "the shibui issue" began to take shape, a third trip in the spring of 1960 focused on photography - to produce the shooting script decided on the preceding December. This was executed by the noted photographer Ezra Stoller of Rye, New York, and John DeKoven Hill, House Beautiful's Editorial Director. (Mr. Hill worked with Frank Lloyd Wright except for the ten years that he was a member of the House Beautiful editorial staff)

Miss Gordon was back in Japan in Mid-August 1960 as the "shibui issue" was causing a sensation. Altogether she spent sixteen months in Japan.

As one of the experiences that influenced her strong interest in Japanese costumes and textiles, Miss Gordon remembers a spectacularly thorough exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno on, 1200 Years of Japanese Costume. She saw it on the last day of its exhibition (possibly 1964).

The August 1960 issue sold out quickly. Copies of the magazine, which sold for fifty cents, were sold on the "black market" for ten dollars.

The publication of the August 1960 issue was followed by an unprecedented avalanche of "fan mail". Many department heads in colleges and universities, including the Harvard-Yenching Institute and the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (where Miss Gordon had worked as an undergraduate) wrote to comment on the issue. Many people in other fields of endeavor wrote: heads of firms concerned with interior design, landscape architecture, and related areas expressed their interest in the concept of "shibui" Other writers include Bernard Leach, Gertrude Natzler, Laura Gilpin, Mainbocher, the architect Yoshimura Junzo, the textile artist Marianne Strengell, Walter Kerr, Craig Claiborne, and Oliver Statler.

The "shibui issue" was followed immediately by the September issue dealing with the use of non-Japanese objects to express the concept of "shibui." (Miss Gordon convinced her advertisers, who had been skeptical about the potential success of the August issue, by promising the September issue dealing with American products.) Four American firms were involved in the production of an integrated line of paints, wallpaper, furniture and carpets expressive of the concept. Products were designed by the firms' designers following the clues offered by objects and fabrics purchased by Miss Gordon in Japan in December 1959 and spring 1960. Miss Gordon has expressed her dissatisfaction with the September issue, although public opinion was positive. She feels that some of the firms failed in the "shibui" project, though some "caught" the message: namely the paint company and the fabric/wallpaper company.

In response to strong public interest, the House Beautiful staff prepared a travelling exhibition to introduce the concept of "shibui" through a series of vignettes, mixing fabrics and objects, colors and textures. The museum installation was designed by John Hill of House Beautiful. Japan Air Lines underwrote shipping costs.

The exhibition began in Philadelphia in late 1961. Ezra Stoller was sent to photograph the installation in considerable detail at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts in January, 1962, so that his photographs cold serve as guidelines for installations at the other museums, which included the San Francisco Museum of Art (April 1962), the Newark Pubic Library, and the Honolulu Academy of Art. Miss Gordon presented a lecture on "shibui" at each of the museum installations.

In appreciation of her work to introduce Americans to the concept of "shibui", the city of Kyoto presented a bolt of especially "shibui" kimono fabric executed by a Living National Treasure textile artist. Miss Gordon eventually tailored the fabric into a dress and jacket. She received the 1961 Trail Blazer Award from the New York Chapter of the National Home Fashions League, Inc. In June, 1987, Miss Gordon was named an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, with her introduction of the concept of "shibui" and her promotion of an understanding of other culture cited as her major contributions to American architecture.
Provenance:
Elizabeth Gordon donated her papers to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives in 1988.
Elizabeth Gordon donated her papers to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives in 1988.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
No restrictions on use.
Topic:
Interior decoration -- Periodicals  Search this
Landscape gardening  Search this
Art, Japanese  Search this
Aesthetics, Japanese  Search this
House funishings  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Interior decorators  Search this
Gardens -- Japan  Search this
Genre/Form:
Periodicals -- 1940-1970
Photographs
Correspondence
Personal papers -- 1950-2000
Citation:
The Elizabeth Gordon Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Elizabeth Gordon, 1988
Identifier:
FSA.A1988.03
See more items in:
Elizabeth Gordon Papers
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc3bd5683e5-f956-4a04-9d0c-4565a6b761b7
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a1988-03
Online Media:

Interiorscape

Physical description:
v. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1982
C1982-
Topic:
House plants in interior decoration--Periodicals  Search this
Indoor gardening--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
SB419.25 .I614
SB419.25.I614
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_308361

Decorative art and modern interiors

Physical description:
v. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1975
1974-
Topic:
Interior decoration  Search this
Art industries--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
NK1 .S933
AP1 .D29
NK1.S933
AP1.D29
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_69798

So you want to build something…

Creator:
Smithsonian Libraries  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:00:55 +0000
Topic:
Library science  Search this
See more posts:
Smithsonian Libraries / Unbound
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_914561dcf556a9d7d57548ca1b8e51f6

Interiors

Physical description:
136 v. in ill., plates. 24-34 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1888
1977
Topic:
Upholstery--Periodicals  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Call number:
AP1 .I598
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_66430

Discover the Winterthur period rooms / by Pauline K. Eversmann

Title:
Winterthur period rooms
Period rooms
Author:
Eversmann, Pauline K. 1942-  Search this
Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum  Search this
Subject:
Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum  Search this
Physical description:
44 p. : col. ill., ports. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Delaware
Winterthur
Date:
1998
C1998
Topic:
Interior decoration--Themes, motives  Search this
Interior decoration accessories--Themes, motives  Search this
Interior architecture--Themes, motives  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Interior architecture  Search this
Period  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_588896

If I were a carpenter…,or a builder or woodworker

Creator:
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Wed, 28 Dec 2016 15:00:54 +0000
Topic:
Design  Search this
See more posts:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Data Source:
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_6b715d5c6f6738dc1139590f0432378b

Condé Nast house & garden

Title:
Condé Nast house and garden
Condé Nast house & garden South Africa
Condé Nast house and garden South Africa
House & garden South Africa
House and garden South Africa
Physical description:
v. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
South Africa
Date:
1998
1998-
Topic:
Architecture, Domestic  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Landscape architecture  Search this
Landscape architecture--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
NA7100 .C663
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_546502

Wall & window trends

Title:
Wall and window trends
WWT
Physical description:
v. : ill. ;c28 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
United States
Date:
1999
C1999
Topic:
Wallpaper  Search this
Wall coverings  Search this
Interior decoration--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
HD9843.U6 W3X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_561390

Victorian homes

Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1982
C1982-
Topic:
Victoriana in interior decoration--Periodicals  Search this
Decorative arts, Victorian--Periodicals  Search this
Decoration and ornament--Victorian style--Periodicals  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_507239

Tessuti : rivestimenti tendaggi tappeti biancheria = new fabrics, carpeting, curtains and linen

Physical description:
v. : col. ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
Italy
Date:
198u
Topic:
Interior decoration--Periodicals  Search this
Textile fabrics  Search this
Call number:
NK1700 .T342
NK1700.T342
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_300127

Record houses

Title:
Record houses of ... plus apartments of the year
Record houses of ... & apartments of the year
Record houses and apartments of the year
Physical description:
v. : ill. (part col.), plans ; 27-31 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Place:
United States
Date:
1956
1956-
Topic:
Architecture, Domestic  Search this
Interior decoration--Periodicals  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_505782

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