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Segui-Kirby Smith House, St. Augustine, Florida, c. 1883
Louis Comfort Tiffany, American, 1848–1933

In 1883 and 1884, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933) and his wife, Mary, wintered in St. Augustine, Florida. It was a happy time spent entertaining, sailing and, especially resting, as Mary was in poor health. The historic Florida city also provided a fertile creative ground for Tiffany. While there, he spent time photographing architectural sites. Several of these photographs have been connected with subsequent paintings by Tiffany, including one in the Museum’s collection of Castillo de San Marcos. The painting derived from this Tiffany photograph of the Segui-Kirby Smith House is in a private collection. Tiffany embraced the relatively new invention of photography enthusiastically, joining one of New York's photography clubs in the early 1880s. Tiffany built darkrooms in his homes, organized photography expeditions, and took photographs during trips in the United States and abroad.

Segui-Kirby Smith House, St. Augustine, Florida