On View In:
Gallery 300
Artist:   William Gray Purcell
George Grant Elmslie  
Title:   Armchair  
Date:   1912  
Medium:   Oak with replacement velvet upholstery  
Dimensions:   36 7/8 x 25 3/8 x 23 1/8 in. (93.66 x 64.45 x 58.74 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of David and Patricia Gebhard  
Location:   Gallery 300  

In 1909 Louis Sullivan and George Grant Elmslie designed the Henry Babson residence, with Elmslie working extensively on all aspects of the house. When Babson wanted alterations around 1912, he entrusted them to Elmslie and his new partner, William Purcell. The two architects designed furniture for the house, including a tall-case clock, andirons, and this box chair with a small carved "B" on each side. In a contemporary photograph, the chair is shown across from a nineteenth-century Chinese chair of Babson's which might well have inspired it, just as Asian design influenced the furniture and architecture of Chalres and Henry Green's California bungalows.

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  
Physical Description:   squared arms and back; the letter 'B' appears on the top of each side near the back; upholstered with grey and blue striped fabric  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , Minnesota,  
Accession #:   98.235.3  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts