ABOUT the Wetmore (& More) PRINT Collection at Connecticut College


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1840 – FANNY WETMORE (a/k/a Fannie Wetmore) is born.

1928 – Ms. Wetmore dies at age 89. Her will bequeaths to Connecticut College a collection of 1226 prints including 67 REMBRANDT etchings and 152 DURER engravings.

1969 – Connecticut College dedicates the Cummings Arts Center and allocates within it the FANNY WETMORE PRINT GALLERY to house and exhibit Wetmore’s collection as well as prints from other donor. See below for list of other donors.

1982 – For fifty years, Art Dept professors of printmaking technique had fulfilled Wetmore's "...desire that these prints be used in the instruction of art." Now, in addition, the Art History Dept inaugurates the HISTORY OF PRINTS course, a survey of printmaking in Europe and USA, for which the Wetmore Collection enables hands-on experience. Senior art history majors thereafter curate exhibitions both in our Print Gallery and in the nearby Lyman Allyn Art Museum.

1987 – A grant from Ms. Jill Long Leinbach enables us to photograph and document the WETMORE PRINT COLLECTION. The prints are photographed onto Kodak Panatomic-X black & white film.

1993 – A grant from the Mellon Foundation enables us to create an image database study tool of the WETMORE PRINT COLLECTION. In these early digital days, the photographic negatives of 622 European prints are outsourced to a lab to create Kodak Photo-CDs, at that time the most advanced format of imaging technology.

1994 – High-resolution digital images are downloaded from the Photo-CDs, manipulated in Photoshop, linked to documentation, and stored both in an external hard drive and on DAT tapes, at that time the latest in advanced technology. (Sound familiar?)

1996 – The APOCALYPSE ascends into cyberspace, as we initiate our first webpage. In time for the new millennium, for the next four years this webpage remains among the Top 10 Hits of Connecticut College webpages viewed from off-campus.

1998 to 2002 Japanese woodcuts scanned from slides shot from the woodcuts, etchings by Rembrandt and his ilk, and prints by many other dead white European males are added to our website.

2004 – Frank Stella lithos & other USA prints are photographed directly to digital in RAW format with a Nikon D-100 D-SLR and are uploaded onto web pages designed in Dreamweaver.

2008 – We begin upgrading web pages using the HTML web gallery components of Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Bridge.

2010 - The WETMORE PRINT GALLERY is upgraded into a smart classroom and a renovated print gallery funded by an anonymous donor.

2011 - We launch this revised and expanded PRINT COLLECTION website displaying 571 prints from our collection of over 1600.

 

OTHER DONORS to the Print Collection in addition to Fanny Wetmore:

Caroline BLACK & Louis BLACK – Professor Caroline Black, first chair of the Connecticut College Botany Dept, and her brother Louis Black, an attorney from Worcester, donated 98 European and USA prints, and 83 Japanese woodcuts.

John Taylor ARMS (1887-1953) – In1956, the artist’s estate donated 10 of his lithographs and etchings, including the1922 etching The Gates of the City.

John SLOAN (1871-1951) – Transferred in 1968 from Connecticut College’s Palmer Library (its building renamed Blaustein Humanities Center, and the new library now called Shain Library), these 10 etchings by the eminent American artist John Sloan came to us from an anonymous donor.

Childe HASSAM (1859-1935) – In 1940, the wife of the beloved American artist Childe Hassam donated 8 etchings by her deceased husband.

Charles F. RAMUS (1902-79) – The artist’s estate donated 91 woodcuts and lithographs by the artist.

Abraham KAMBERG – From 1944 to 1969, Attorney Kamberg of Springfield, MA, donated 34 prints, including works by Henri Matisse, Max Weber, and a portfolio of 8 lithographs by Fernand Leger.

Charles PRICE – Professor of Art History at Connecticut College, Professor Price donated 30 prints and drawings, primarily British and French, and an especially large print from the friendly Ecce Homo series by George Grosz.

 

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