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Library History

Library History

Sir Charles Allom and Thomas Hastings collaborated once again to design the Library, meant to evoke a grand 18th-century English interior. Against oak-paneled walls Abraham Miller carved the lime wood floral garlands that decorate the Library’s chimneypiece. This room features an array of paintings from the British school. Custom bookshelves, intentionally designed low, ensure that the paintings and other art objects command pride of place.

  • photo of library room with plush chairs, chandeliers, paintings, short bookcases, circa 1927

    Library, 1927

  • photo of library room with short bookcases, paintings, chairs, chandeliers, circa 1927

    Library, 1927

  • photo of library room with short bookcases, chairs, paintings, chandelier, circa 1927

    Library, 1927

  • photo of library room with short bookcases chairs, desks, circa 1927

    Library, 1927

  • photo of library room with paintings, plush chairs, chandelier, short bookcases, fireplace, circa 1927

    Library, 1927

  • photo of library room with short bookcases, chairs, couch, paintings, circa 1927

    Library, 1927

  • photo of library room with all furniture, tables, chandeliers covered in white protective material, circa 1933

    Library during construction of The Frick Collection, 1933

  • photo of library room with plush chairs, paintings, short bookcases, chandeliers, circa 1935

    Library, 1935

  • photo of library room with short bookcases, chandelier, paintings, fireplace, circa 1938

    Library, 1938

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Launch in Full Screen Mode

Get the full experience and go through The Frick Collection in full screen mode on your browser or ipad. Jump to different rooms using the radar map, the slide-out preview, or the room selection menu.

To exit the full screen mode, simply click on the "x" button at the bottom to return to the virtual tour floor plan.

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View Works Currently on Display in the Library

link to thumbnails of works on display in the South Hall of The Frick Collection

View Works Currently on Display in the Library

For the most up-to-date information on works of art that are currently on display in the Library, please click here.

 

VT Related Links Google Art Project

screenshot showing Google Art Project virtual tour of the Portico Gallery of The Frick Collection

Google Art Project

Google announced the major global expansion of their groundbreaking Art Project. This unique collaboration merging art and technology includes several hundred partners in 40 countries around the world. In the United States alone, the project has expanded beyond the initial group of four museums, which included The Frick Collection, to represent 29 partners — ranging from large institutions to university galleries — in 16 cities.

For more information about this project, see Google Art Project

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