State Street autumn festival photograph collection

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1900
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

14 glass negatives consisting of views of an autumn festival held on Chicago's State Street, including a few images of the Lorado Taft's Fountain of Nymphs near the Art Institute of Chicago and some unidentified interiors.

Biographical Historical Note

In the late 1890s, Chicago sculptor Lorado Taft began envisioning a monumental fountain of nymphs and flowing water. In 1899, he had his female students create a temporary plaster model of a nymph fountain on the lawn outside of the Art Institute of Chicago to elicit responses from the public. This project was the precedent for Taft’s Fountain of the Great Lakes (1907-13), placed on the south side of the Art Institute of Chicago’s building, near where the nymphs fountain had been temporarily installed.