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Study photographs of decorative arts, scientific instruments and tools.

Getty Research Institute.

Available at Special Collections  L3 : PHOTO ARCHIVE - DECORATIVE ARTS  (Q185 )()

  • Title:
    Study photographs of decorative arts, scientific instruments and tools.
  • Author/Creator: Getty Research Institute.
  • Creation Date: 19--?
  • Biographical/Historical Note: In 1974, the J. Paul Getty Museum began assembling a "photo library" by consolidating the visual resources of each existing curatorial department. By the early 1980s, the Photo Archive was actively acquiring large collections of photographs from commercial and private sources and scholars' archives that contained a photographic component. In 1983, the nearly one million photographs of the Photo Archive were incorporated into the Research Institute's Special Collections.
  • Arrangement: Arranged by country of origin and type of object. French barometers and thermometers are further divided by style.
  • Physical Desc.: 3 boxes (ca. 200 photographic prints) : b&w ; 35 cm..
  • Summary: This assembled collection of photographs is strongest in 17th to 19th century French and English astronomical clocks, barometers, and thermometers. Another group of images illustrates globes; microscopes, navigational instruments, and period tools used in various crafts are also represented. The chief sources of the photographs in this collection are auction houses and the New York dealer French & Company. Additional images have been acquired from museums, including the Wallace Collection and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Louvre and Musée des arts décoratifs in Paris.
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Finding aid for French & Company images only: Stock sheets and ledgers, 1909-1968 (Special Collections accn. no. 840027) and online database, FRCO, in the repository's STAR system, provide photograph level description and provenance information.
  • Notes: Title devised.
    Size of photographs varies; most 8 x 10 in.
  • Form/Genre: Photographic prints
  • Subjects: Scientific apparatus and instruments Tools
  • Contributors: French & Company (New York, N.Y.)
  • LC Call Number: Q185
  • ID/Accession Number: 1382-842
    76.P.46
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
    Photographs and permission to publish must be obtained from copyright holder(s).
  • OCLC Record Number: 80554090

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