DE FOREST (DeForest), Lockwood

DE FOREST (DeForest), Lockwood. New York City 23.6.1850 — Santa Barbara, Cal. 3.4.1932. U.S. Artist and Designer interested in Indian and Tibetan Art. Grew up in a wealthy family in New York, son of Henry Grant de Forest and Julia Mary Weeks. After studies in Rome he travelled in 1875-78 in Egypt, Syria and Greece. Resided in India in 1881-82 collecting furniture, jewelry and textiles. “He founded workshops for the revival of wood-carving at Ahmedabad in 1881, and exhibited his works by special request at the first Indian Exhibition in 1882.” In he 1901 visited Nepal. Married 1879 Meta Kemble. His collection of Tibetan handicraft and Oriental art was deposited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For his significance as artist see e.g. Wikipedia.

Publications: Indian Domestic Architecture. 2 p. 25 pl. Boston 1885; Indian Architecture and Ornament. 3 p. 50 pl. Boston 1887.

Sources: *R.A. Mayer, Lockwood de Forest: Furnishing the Gilded Age with a Passion for India. Newark 2008; U.S. in Asia; Wikipedia.

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