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.

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Thomas Sydenham, MD

Print 66

Thomas Willis, MD

Print 67

Edward Orgain

Portrait of Edward Orgain.

Le Canada, ou Nouvelle France

Reproduction in color of 1657 map.

The Last Gasp. Or Toadstools Mistaken for Mushrooms

Caricature of a doctor examining a man's with two people in the background.

The Anatomist

Cartoon showing the terror of a patient and his wife as a surgeon opens his bag of instruments. Seeing the skeleton in the cupboard and a poster on...


Framed seascape painting by Wilburt Davison's mentor, William Osler.

A Devonshire Bull

Print 12