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Guide to the Asher B. Durand Print Collection
1813-1835, undated
 PR 221

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Jenny Gotwals (2011); Larry Weimer (2021)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 13, 2021
Finding aid is written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: New-York Historical Society
Title: Asher B. Durand print collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1813-1835, undated
Abstract: The collection holds copies of prints engraved by Durand, or engraved by others after paintings by Durand.
Quantity: 0.46 Linear feet (2 boxes + 6 oversize flat files)
Language: The documents in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: PR 221

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Scope and Content Note

The Asher B. Durand Print Collection holds copies of prints engraved by Durand, or engraved by others after paintings by Durand. The collection is divided into two series: Boxed Prints and Oversize Prints. Therein prints are filed by title or by general subject.

Included in the collection are early engravings made by Durand in 1813 while an apprentice in the shop of Peter Maverick. From the years 1824 to 1832, Durand made a living as a bank note engraver under the firms A.B. & C. Durand & Co., A.B. & C. Durand, Wright & Co., and Durand, Perkins & Co. Many of these engravings and vignettes are included here. Book and magazine illustrations in the collection include the title page to the New-York Mirror (used from 1831-1840) and a copy of William Cullen Bryant's The American Landscape, for which Durand engraved views. Portraits of famous Americans engraved by Durand are arranged alphabetically. Four of Durand's major plates are represented: classical subjects "Musidora" and "Ariadne;" a portrait of Andrew Jackson after John Vanderlyn; and a scene of the signing of the "Declaration of Independence" after John Trumball. The collection also includes several prints engraved by other artists after Durand's landscape paintings.


Engravings are grouped by size.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Bank note vignettes.
  • Certificates.
  • Engravings (prints)
  • Illustrations.
  • Paper money.

Subject Organizations

  • A. B. & C. Durand & Co.
  • A. B. & C. Durand, Wright & Co.
  • Durand, Perkins & Co.

Subject Topics

  • Ariadne (Greek mythology) -- Art.
  • Engraving -- Printing -- Specimens.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Available by advance appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the Print Room Librarian at

Use Restrictions

Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff.

Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit:

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Asher B. Durand Print Collection, PR 221, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at the New-York Historical Society

Other engravings by Durand may be found throughout the Portrait File (PR 052), as well as in other print collections in the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections. Especially notable is his portrait of John Quincy Adams, in PR 052. The Asher B. Durand Negative Collection (PR 165) includes glass negatives showing interior views of Durand's studio. The Library holds many books with illustrations by Durand, including two copies of Bryant's The American Landscape. The New-York Historical Society's Museum holds many of Durand's paintings and decorative arts, as well as a set of engraving tools used by him.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of various donors, including Lucy Durand Woodman, daughter of the artist, and her daughter, Nora Durand Woodman.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Jenny Gotwals in the early 2000s and her finding aid was published online in 2011. The finding aid was updated in July and September 2021 by archivist Larry Weimer with the addition of newly acquired prints.

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Container List

Series I: Boxed Prints

Scope and Contents note

Series I contains smaller format works that are housed in boxes.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 The American Landscape
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Bank notes
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Bank note vignettes
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Book and magazine illustrations
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Certificates and miscellaneous
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Engravings after Durand paintings

General note

See also: Folder 14

Box: 2 Folder : 7 Portraits, sitters A-G

Scope and Contents

Portraits of: Commodore Bainbridge; Joel Barlow; General Brown(?); Charles Carroll of Carrollton; Cadwallader D. Colden (2); Samuel H. Cox; David Crockett (3); Stephen Decatur (2); Rev. James B. Finley; William Floyd; Rev. Freeborn Garrettson; William Gaston (2); Edward Gibbon (2).

Box: 2 Folder : 8 Portraits, sitters H-M

Scope and Contents

Portraits are: Mr. Hackett (2); Hamilton (bust) (2); Rev. Elijah Hedding; Philip Hone; David Hosack; John Jay; Thomas Jefferson; Georgius Jones (2); James Kent; Rev. Sylvester Larned; Morgan Lewis; Ma-nuncue; Joseph Mountjoy Manners; John Marshall (2); John M. Mason; Rev. Alexander McLeod; Rev. Philip Milledoler; Rev. James Milnor; Samuel L. Mitchill; James Monroe; Lindley Murray.

Box: 2 Folder : 9 Portraits, sitters N-Z

Scope and Contents

Portraits are: Aaron Ogden 92); Rev. William Phoebus; W.(?) Renssalaer; Rem Rapelje (photograph of engraving); Robert C. Sands (3); Rev. James Saurin (2); Catharine M. Sedgwick (4); Rev. Joshua Soule(?); J. Summerfield; William Tell; George Washington (3); Rev. John Wesley; Hugh Williamson; Oliver Wolcott;

Box: 2 Folder : 9A Portraits. Various

Scope and Contents

Portraits are: Rev. Eliphalet Nott (painted by Ames, 1820); Rev. James B. Finley (painted by J. Paradise); Rev. Joshua Soule (Paradise pinx); James Kent LL.D (painted by F.R. Spencer); and from paintings by J. Neagle: Mrs. Barnes as Isabella, Mr. Cowell as Crack, Mr. Duff as Marmion, Mr. E. Forrest as Rolla, and Mr. Macready as Macbeth.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The contents of the folder were the gift of Stephen Manheimer, 2021. Added to the collection and finding aid by archivist Larry Weimer in September 2021.

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Series II: Oversize Prints

Scope and Contents note

Series II contains larger format works that are housed in flat file drawers.

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: FF-10 "Declaration of Independence" after Trumbull

Scope and Contents

Two copies of proof plate, two copies of finished print, one copy of key, one prospectus issued by Trumbull.

Folder: FF-11 "General Andrew Jackson" after Vanderlyn
Folder: FF-12 "Ariadne" after Vanderlyn

Scope and Contents

One copy before letters, one copy of finished print.

Folder: FF-13 "Musidora"

Scope and Contents

Four copies.

Folder: FF-14 Prints after Durand's paintings
Folder: FF-15 "Elias Boudinot L.L.D."

Scope and Contents

Engraved by A.B. Durand. Painted by Waldo & Jewett. Published by E. Huntington, Hartford: 1825. Copyright secured April 30, 1822.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Stephen Manheimer, July 2021.


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