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Artists' Collections

Several artists' collections in the Graphic Arts Department provide unique resources for the study of American art and artists.

The Cross Family Collection has over 466 items, many either created, featuring, or owned by one of the three Cross family siblings: Emma Augusta Cross (1850-1933), Henry Clay Cross (1852-1913) and Joel Foster Cross (1846-1925). In addition to pencil sketches, watercolors, oils, pen and inks, there are also boxwood blocks, engraved proofs, photographs, and manuscript material.

The David Claypoole Johnston Family Collection includes the work of noted cartoonist and humorist David Claypoole Johnston (1799-1865), his sons Thomas Murphy Johnston (1836-1869) and John Bernard Johnston (1848-1886), and his daughter Sarah Jane Frances Johnston (1850-1925). The collection consists of 23 boxes of material dating from 1799 through the early twentieth century.

The George Dubois Family Collection contains a visual record of the work of the lithographic printmaker George Dubois (c.1810-1888) and his descendants. The collection contains just over 1,000 objects. There are over 200 drawings and watercolors done by various members of the Dubois family, including work by George and his son Oscar (b. 1843). The largest portion of the collection is the proof collection. Often unfinished and uncropped, these objects contain printer and color notes in the margins and offer valuable insight into the details of the chromolithographic process as it operated in the late 19th century.

The Louis Maurer Collection includes 95 original drawings, watercolors, and oil sketches, a collection of 38 lithographic proofs, most from the Heppenehimer & Maurer era. A small wooden box housing Maurer's lithographic tools.

The Nathaniel Hurd Collection includes eighty-nine engraved bookplates.

David Claypoole Johnston (1799-1865). [Ginger Beer Stall]; watercolor. Image: (23.5 x 31.5 cm) mounted on cardstock: (26.5 x 35 cm). 1858.
Box 3 Folder 19

George Dubois (1811-1888), Mt. Kearsarge — Bunchberry or Low Cornel, watercolor and graphite on paper, n.d.