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Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s

GC002 (RS97113)


The Prints and Engravings Collection consists of approximately 2,500 engravings, lithographs, woodcuts, and wood engravings, dating from the 1830s until the 1920s. The collection contains rare examples of the work of J. H. Bufford, Hammatt Billings, and other Boston printmakers.

These materials are primarily documentary depictions, and the bulk is strictly topographical in nature. The coverage of commercial, public, and church buildings in the mid-nineteenth century is particularly strong, such as many illustrations from "Gleason's Pictorial" (later entitled "Ballou's Pictorial"), often based on daguerreotype views. The earlier materials often portray landmarks, such as Boston Harbor, the State House, and Bunker Hill Monument, or distant views of towns clustered against a landscape background.

A small group of nearly 100 oversize prints include fine color views of several commercial buildings by Boston lithographer J. H. Bufford, printed in the 1850s and 1860s; a series of the Exhibition Halls at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, published by Thomas Hunter; "The Grand Ascension at the Millerite Tabernacle", circa 1844; and several color works by Maxfield Parrish.

Source: Guide to the Library and Archives, 19.


Collection Name
Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s
Collection Code
Physical Description
ca. 2,500 engravings, lithographs, woodcuts, and wood engravings
Collection Type
Graphic Materials
Description Level
Reference Code

Record details

Billings, Hammatt, 1818-1874 (Designer)
Hunter, Thomas, ca. 1825 (Publisher)
J.H. Bufford & Co. (Printer)
Parish, Maxfield (Artist)
Descriptive Terms
Centennial Exposition (1876)
churches (buildings)
commercial buildings
exhibition buildings
historic buildings
historic houses
public buildings
religious buildings
Material Type
engravings (prints)
wood engravings (prints)
woodcuts (prints)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Cambridge (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Boston Harbor (Massachusetts) [harbor]
Places (Buildings)
Bunker Hill Monument (Boston, Mass.)
Massachusetts State House
Tabernacle (Boston, Mass.)
Related Items
Original art collection

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