On View In:
Gallery 300
Artist:   William Gray Purcell
George Grant Elmslie  
Title:   Armchair  
Date:   c. 1912-1913  
Medium:   Oak, leather upholstery, metal tacks  
Dimensions:   36 1/2 x 24 3/8 x 26 in. (92.71 x 61.91 x 66.04 cm)  
Credit Line:   Driscoll Arts Accession Fund  
Location:   Gallery 300  

Purcell and Elmslie designed a number of Midwestern banks. These square brick buildings with their opaque art-glass window walls embodied the qualities of solidity and stability important to bankers and their customers. The most elaborate was the Merchants National Bank of Winona, Minnesota, still in use as a bank today. Twelve chairs of this design were made for the bank directors' boardroom. Their cube-like shape echoes that of the bank building. The vertical spindle "screens" forming the sides probably influenced Purcell and Elmslie's designs of armchairs and decorative interior elements for the Edna S. Purcell residence (now the Purcell-Cutts house), in Minneapolis, designed at the same time. [insert photo of Merchant's Bank waiting room here - NWAA photo] [this needs to be cut to fit label stand]

Name:   Purcell, William Gray  
Role:   Designer  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American, 1880-1965  
Name:   Elmslie, George Grant  
Role:   Designer  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American (born Scotland), 1869-1952  

Object Description  
Classification:   Furniture  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , ,  
Accession #:   93.54  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts