J. D. Farnsworth School of Art at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, 1888, Rotch and Tilden

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J. D. Farnsworth School of Art at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
Rotch and Tilden, architect(s). From the American Architect and Building News, April 21, 1888. 13.25 by 8.75 inches. VG+.
The Davis Museum and Cultural Center traces its founding to October 23, 1889 when the original Farnsworth Art Building was dedicated on the Wellesley College campus. However, the collection dates to the opening of the college in 1875, when founder Henry Fowle Durant and his friends began making gifts of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and plaster casts of classical sculpture. Drawing and painting were part of the first curriculum at the college and the study of art history began at Wellesley in 1885, distinguishing it as one of the first American colleges to offer the subject to its students. This picture is extremely hard to find, as the American Architect and Building News not only had a very small circulation during that time, but very few were actually preserved or colored as this has been. It measures 13.25 by 8.75 inches. Has a mat border and foam core backing (not attached to the picture). The whole picture measures 15.75 by 11.5 inches (with border). Finely detailed and beautifully hand-colored. Shrink wrapped.

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