Mrs. James Ward Thorne (1882–1966)

Author of American Rooms in Miniature

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Narcissa Niblack Thorne (May 2, 1882 – June 25, 1966) was an American artist known for her extremely detailed miniature rooms. Her works depict historical interiors from Europe, Asia and North America from the late 13th to the early 20th century. The Thorne rooms are honored with dedicated exhibits in the Art Institute of Chicago, where a special wing was built to house them, and the Phoenix Art Museum. Married James Ward Thorne, heir to Montgomerty ward fortune. A total of 99 Thorne rooms are known to exist.[7] The Art Institute of Chicago holds 68 Thorne rooms, which originally occupied a dedicated wing but are now housed in a large room in the building's lower level.[8] An additional 20 are held by the Phoenix Art Museum, and nine by the Knoxville Museum of Art. The remaining two are at the Indianapolis Children's Museum, and the Kaye Miniature Museum in Los Angeles.
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