Library Artwork Collection

The Library’s artwork collection has a wide selection of portraits, prints, paintings, maps, sculptures, and busts. It includes portraits of Duke faculty members, paintings of the US Army 65th General Hospital, and a bust and portrait of James B. Duke. The Chatham Collection contains prints from the 1800s and 1900s and was donated to the library in the 1930s by Thurmond Chatham and features Audubon illustrations, race horses, and numerous harbor scenes. One seascape painting is attributed to Sir William Osler. The Library is also the repository for various bronze plaques that were initially installed in the School of Medicine when located in the Davison building.

Total Works (176)

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The Straw Yard, Morning

Print 47. Framed farm scene.

The Straw Yard, Evening

Print 53. Framed farm scene.

Ewald W. Busse

Portrait of Ewald Busse in academic regalia.

Washington Receiving a Salute on the Field of Trenton

Print 23. Receiving a salute on the field of Trenton

Vue de Sacremento

Circa 1850
Print 84

Vue de Boston

Circa 1830-1839
Print 81