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Paintings and Fine Arts Collection at the Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library’s collection of painting and sculpture is representative of the collecting and exhibiting habits of the mid- to late-19th century: oil portraits, copies of antique statues, a variety of decorative arts, and portrait busts (all almost exclusively Neoclassical in style).... 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
Philip Hale Photograph Collection
The Philip Hale Photograph Collection contains items owned and used by Boston music critic Philip Hale in his writings. The photographs contain professional photos of composers, conductors, musicians, actors, dancers, vocalists, and other performers.
Photographs of the American West
Includes Carleton Watkins photographs of Yosemite Valley, Eadward Muybridge's nine panel panorama of San Francisco from California Hill, 1877, Alexander Gardner's photographs from Across the Continent on the Kansas Pacific Railroad, Timothy O'Sullivan's and William Bell's photographs for the War... more
Press Photography from the Brearley Collection
This collection includes small, medium, and large format negatives taken by Boston press photographers dating from the 1920s through the early 1970s. It was amassed by photojournalist Dennis Brearley during the course of his career as a working photographer. From 1978 to 2012, Mr. Brearley and... more
Produce Crate Labels
Prior to World War II, produce was packed in wooden crates with attractive labels, designed to catch the buyer's eye, pasted on the ends. After the onset of war, rationing, cost cutting, and a search for cheaper materials in every industry motivated the fruit packers to experiment with cardboard... more