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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901). Prints and Drawings
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) was a French painter, draftsman, and printmaker. Although he regularly exhibited paintings and drawings throughout his career, Lautrec is best known for his lithographs and especially his posters, which celebrate the cabarets and the performers active in the... more
Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904). Lithographs and Other Prints
Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) was a French painter and printmaker. Born in Grenoble, he moved with his family to Paris in 1841. There, Fantin-Latour received his first drawing lessons from his father, Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour, who was a portrait painter. In 1850, he began more formal... more
James Gillray (1756-1815). Prints and Drawings
James Gillray (1756-1815), English caricaturist and printmaker, became one of the leading chroniclers of his country’s social habits and political struggles at the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th centuries. Born in London, Gillray was apprenticed to an engraver for whom he... more
James McBey (1883-1959). Prints and Drawings
James McBey (1883-1959) was a Scottish painter and etcher. Born in Newburgh, Aberdeenshire, he left school at age 15 to work as a bank clerk while attending evening classes at Gray’s School of Art and teaching himself how to etch. In 1910, McBey decided to pursue a full-time career as an... more
James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). Lithographs, Etchings, and Drawings
James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) was an American painter and printmaker born in Lowell, Massachusetts. Whistler received his first training as an artist in St. Petersburg, Russia, while his father was working there as a railroad engineer. Whistler’s early interest in art was... more
John D. Merriam Collection
The John D. Merriam Collection is a collection devoted to illustration. The particular focus of the collection is original prints, drawings, and paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries that were created as illustrations for children's books and for children's magazines. However, in later... more
Joseph Pennell (1857-1926). Prints and Drawings
Joseph Pennell (American, 1857-1926) was an illustrator, printmaker, author, and lecturer. Born in Philadelphia, Pennell attended classes at the Pennsylvania School of Industrial Art and at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. However, he was largely self-taught. Using his natural... more
M. C. Escher (1898-1972). Prints and Drawings
Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972), better known as M. C. Escher, was a Dutch draftsman and printmaker born in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Escher created his first prints in 1916 while a secondary school student in Arnhem. From 1919 to 1922, he attended the School for Architecture and... more
Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). Prints and Drawings
Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) was an American painter and printmaker. Born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, now part of Pittsburgh, Cassatt lived with her family in Paris from 1851 to 1856. In 1856, Cassatt returned to Philadelphia, where she studied at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts.... more
Michael T. "Nuf Ced" McGreevy Collection
Donated by this owner of a Columbus Avenue saloon, the collection consists of photographs of professional baseball in Boston and personal scrapbooks from the 1890's to 1912. Originally displayed at McGreevy's tavern, Third Base, the photographs form the largest collection of its kind. It... more
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is dedicated to the creative educational use of its cartographic holdings, which extend from the 15th century to the present.In pursuit of its mission, the Center collects and preserves maps and atlases, promotes research in the... more
Paul Gavarni (1804-1866). Lithographs and Other Works
Paul Gavarni (pseudonym of Hippolyte-Guillaume-Sulpice Chavalier, 1804-1866) was a French draftsman, watercolorist, and lithographer. Although he achieved recognition as a watercolorist, like his contemporary, Honoré Daumier, Gavarni is best known for his lithographs, which provided a forum for... more
Robert McCloskey Sketchbooks for "Make Way for Ducklings"
Robert McCloskey was the writer and illustrator of such classic children's books as "Blueberries for Sal," "One Morning in Maine," and "Homer Price." McCloskey twice won the Caldecott Medal, the American Library Association's annual award of distinction for children's book illustration. He... more
Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee (Collection of Distinction)
Spanning the years 1914–1967, the Aldino Felicani Collection: Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee Records documents the efforts and activities of the Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee to free Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti from prison for the murders of Frederick Parmenter and Alessandro... more
Sir David Young Cameron (1865-1945). Prints, Drawings, and Paintings
Sir David Young Cameron (1865-1945) was a Scottish painter and etcher. Born in Glasgow, he studied at the Glasgow School of Art and the Edinburgh Schools of Art. Cameron gained recognition both as a painter in oil and in watercolor and as an etcher. His images were enhanced by European... more
Sir Muirhead Bone (1876-1953). Prints, Drawings, and Paintings
Muirhead Bone (1876-1953) was a Scottish printmaker and watercolor artist. Born in Glasgow, Bone first trained as an architect before pursuing his studies at the Glasgow School of Art. In 1901, Bone moved to London and in 1902 held his first solo exhibition at the Carfax Gallery. From that time,... more
Social and Political Cartoons
Caricature is a pictorial representation of a person or thing through the gross exaggeration of its most characteristic features. It is the portrait that conveys the meaning, often playing on accepted symbols or repeated imagery. The text, if present at all, is secondary.Caricaturists portray... more
Stow Wengenroth (1906-1978). Prints and Drawings
Stow Wengenroth (1906-1978), was an American painter and printmaker. Born in Brooklyn, Wengenroth studied between 1923 and 1927 at the Art Students League with George Bridgman and at the Grand Central School of Art with Wayman Adams. In 1929-1930, he studied at the Eastport Summer School of... more
Théophile Alexandre Steinlen (1859-1923). Lithographs, Etchings, and Other Works
Théophile Alexandre Steinlen (French, born Switzerland, 1859-1923) was an illustrator, printmaker, painter, and sculptor. Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Steinlen studied at the University of Lausanne and worked as an apprentice designer in a textile factory before settling in the Montmartre... more
Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827). Prints and Drawings
Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827) was an English painter, printmaker, draftsman, and illustrator. Born in London, Rowlandson was a student at the Royal Academy and also made study trips to Paris. He established himself as a portrait painter while continuing his early interest in drawing... more