The print collection contains varied examples of printmaking techniques, including engravings, etchings, aquatints, lithographs, wood cuts, and silk-screens. Nineteenth-century New England lithographs form the core of this collection with large numbers of New England city views, landscapes, portraits, advertising posters, sheet music covers, and theatrical prints.
Boston was a center for the lithographic arts and many well-known artists received their training as apprentices in local print shops, including Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, and David Claypoole Johnston. Their work, along with those of lesser known but highly accomplished artists, is well represented in the collection. The development of art of lithography is documented by the early black and white prints of the Pendleton Brothers, the commercial work of the highly prolific J. H. Bufford, and the dazzling chromolithographs of Louis Prang and the Forbes Lithographic Establishment.
Curator of Prints & Photographs