Over the summer I was able to visit a friend in Boston, and while this wasn’t my first trip to the city, it was the first time I was actually able to check out some of the many art collections. We headed to the usual spots (the Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts), along with the galleries in the Boston Public Library’s main building. I am familiar with the Library’s Sargent Gallery, having seen pictures in art history texts, and it was nice to be able to see the murals in person. The library also houses a collection of murals by Edwin Austin Abbey, an artist who is far from obscure, though I was not aware of his Boston Public Library paintings until recently. Some of the first works I cataloged from the Library of Congress collection were a set of images by Abbey that depicted the legend of the Holy Grail. I had at first imagined that the images were copyrighted to be used in an illustrated book, though upon further research I learned that they were for the paintings in the Abbey Gallery. There are Sargent images in the Library of Congress collection that are waiting to be cataloged that I’m now curious about…I’m wondering if they are of the same murals in the Boston Public Library?
|Abbey's Quest and Achievement of the Holy Grail|
|Study for Sargent's mural at the Boston Public Library|
You can search the already cataloged works in SIRIS, under American Art’s Photo Archives Catalog. Use the limit box to find just those that are in the Library of Congress Collection.