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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Vue de Nouvelle Orleans

Circa 1830
Print 83

Vue de San Francisco

Circa 1854
Print 82

Vue de New York

Circa 1834
Print 85

A Fat Holderness Ox

Print 13

The Cafe Terrace at Night

Reproduction of an oil painting by Vincent Van Gogh

The Government House

Print 57