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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Davison Building

Painting of the Davison building.

Duke Hospital Library with Patrons

Original Duke Hospital library with patrons.

An Anxious Moment

Print 2

North Carolina

1855 map of North Carolina

Samuel Sims Farrar

Portrait of Mr. Farrar, father of Judith Farrar.

Poli Atrici. Et circumiacentium, terrarum descriptio novissima

Print 115. An early map of the polar regions

Solitary Sandpiper

Print 122

A View of Lake George

Print 72