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Three-quarter-length portrait of a man against a landscape, pointing to three pyramids.

In 1943, Brooklyn artist Esta Cosgrave (née Esther Flack) (ca. 1900–1952) adopted a quirky style of painting modern-day likenesses in 18th- and 19th–century costumes and poses. Her portraits borrowed their contexts from the works of American painters John Singleton Copley, Robert Feke, Jeremiah Theus and their contemporaries, and also from pictures by unknown, itinerant painters.

screenshot of the Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities site, with feature article about the Frick Library digitizing records

The NEH Division of Preservation and Access has published an online article about our two consecutive NEH projects to digitize the Frick Library negatives on its new website. Written by Mary Downs, Senior Program Officer, it is titled  "Is there a Portrait in Your Past? Frick Art Reference Library Records Go Online."