-The second photo, from 1984, shows the lush and freshly-built 4th floor Atrium. Although the fourth level had been added-on in 1940, this skylit area was not part of the original floor plan. The Atrium was conceived, with a few other opportune renovations, as a supplemental part of the Hiatt Wing construction project in 1983. Beyond changes in seating and plant life, the area remains the same 30 years later.
-The watercolor (sketch) is a quick study I made of John Singer Sargent's 1917 painting "Muddy Alligators", which the Worcester Art Museum purchased from Sargent the same year it was painted.
|Lower Library. Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins|
|4th Floor Atrium. Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins|
|J.S. Sargent's Muddy Alligators. WAM. by Travis Simpkins|
In a previous post, I mentioned the stylish brown-leather Barcelona chairs that can be seen in numerous old gallery photos. After years of collecting dust in the basement, the chairs have found good homes outside of WAM. Similar examples of seating, darker in color, can still be found scattered throughout the various Museum office areas, but their legs don't have the same classic lines as the ones shown here:
|Barcelona Chairs, Worcester Art Museum|