Tuxedo Park, in the lower Hudson Valley of New York, was founded in 1886 by Pierre Lorillard and was designed by the acclaimed Shingle Style architect, Bruce Price (who designed Tuxedo Park’s seventeen original “cottages”), and the well known urban and landscape architect, Ernest Bowditch. A flurry of building followed the original cottages and a number of large mansions by the era’s most noted architects were constructed, the pinnacle being the French-style chateau, Chastelleux, a one-hundred room mansion overlooking Tuxedo Lake.
Tuxedo Park was initially envisioned as a forest hunting and sports club, but quickly became a mecca for the social elite who split their time between New York City, Newport, and Tuxedo Park. The famous Autumn Ball was the crowning event of the season for Tuxedo Park and was said to have been the birthplace of the Tuxedo coat, premiered by Lorillard’s son, Griswold.
The Leslie’s Illustrated article (copy included) that accompanies the print sums it up well: “In short, whether regarded from a social, a sporting or a picturesque standpoint, Tuxedo Park is already a resort that can scarcely be rivaled; and it is chiefly to the liberality, taste and enterprise of Mr. Lorillard that this brilliant result is due.”
This large woodcut print includes fine period details, is in the original uncolored state and is in excellent condition. The visible faint crease is from being bound into the publication and is easily smoothed out when framed.
Dimensions: Folio, 15 7/8″ x 10 3/4″ overall measurement.
Condition: Moderate paper toning, faint center crease, couple light foxing marks otherwise excellent condition. Rare.
Printing type: Woodcut, uncolored, New York, 1886.
Note: This image is digitally watermarked, but the electronic watermark does not appear on the actual print. Guaranteed authentic original antique print. Certificate of authenticity available at no extra charge upon request.