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Building a National Collection: 150 Years of Print Collecting at the Smithsonian

March 27, 1996 – October 19, 1997

American History Museum
14th and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Location: 3rd Floor, West Wing, Graphic Arts Hall

This exhibition focuses on changing ideas of collecting and connoisseurship in prints over the past century and a half. The first section deals with Old Masters in the New World; other sections deal with other aspects of collecting and the rise of interest in American prints. All images are from the museum's collection.


Online exhibition