J. E. Aldred Estate

Fountain model

Photo #5578-509, Olmsted Archives

Selmer-Larsen worked on several sculptures for the Long Island estate of J.E. Aldred in the 1910s. Some of them are shown on this and the following page.


Fountain of the Three Graces

These photos depict Selmer-Larsen's developing ideas for a fountain. He considered different designs for the bases and the arrangement of the three graces.

The image to the left shows what was most likely the last model. What similarities and differences do you see in each of his designs?

 
Fountain models

Job #5578, Olmsted Archives

 

After working out his final design, Selmer-Larsen created a mold of the full-size sculpture.

 
Fountain mold

Job #5578, Photos 524, 525, & 526, Olmsted Archives

 
Dummy fountain

Photo #5578-284, cropped, 1917, Olmsted Archives

Photos show that the designers also thought about how the fountain would look in place, surrounded by a pool, railing, and shrubs. They built a miniature scale model of the site and also created a 2-D dummy fountain that they propped up on location (pictured here).


The final product is below; a beautiful fountain nestled into a beautiful setting.
 
Fountain of the three graces surrounded by garden scenery

Photo #5578-490, Olmsted Archives

 

Last updated: September 13, 2015

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