Connecticut College has contributed more than 1000 images of Asian art and European and American prints to the Artstor Digital Library.
Connecticut College’s selection of Asian art is centered on the collection and calligraphy begun by Charles Chu, Professor Emeritus and founder of the Chinese Department at Connecticut College, and Hughes Griffis, a New London attorney. The Chu-Griffis Collection includes Chinese paintings from the 15th to the 20th centuries, with a focus on landscapes and representations of flowers, birds, and other animals, as well as Japanese prints. These prints are joined by a set of 19th and 20th century Japanese woodcuts from the Department of Special Collections at Connecticut College’s Charles E. Shain Library where the Chu-Griffis Collection has been housed since 1988. An additional set of Japanese woodcuts was also donated by Caroline Black, former Professor and founder of the college’s Botany Department. Finally, there is a small set of Chinese ivory sculptures depicting Lohan figures (also luohan, or arhat/arahant in Sanskrit), which was donated by alumna Kathryne C. Simons (Class of 1932).
The collection in the Digital Library includes highlights from the Asian collections as well as approximately 600 examples of European and American printmaking from the Wetmore Print Collection which features work by artists across Europe and the United States, spanning centuries: Annibale Carracci, Canaletto, William Blake, David Teniers, Claude Lorrain, Rembrandt, John Sloan, and many others. The Wetmore Print Collection is the result of a founding donation from Fanny Wetmore and subsequent contributions many generous donors.
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