Connecticut College


Connecticut College has collaborated with ARTstor to share images of Asian art and European and American prints with educational users via the Digital Library. Connecticut College's collection of Asian art is represented by 420 images of Chinese and Japanese art. While the works were donated from several sources, the core is the collection of Asian art and calligraphy begun by Charles Chu, Professor Emeritus and founder of the Chinese Department at Connecticut College, and Hughes Griffis, a New London attorney. TheChu-Griffis Collection includes Chinese paintings from the 15th to the 20th centuries, with a focus on landscapes and representations of flowers, birds, and other animals, as well as Japanese prints. These prints are joined by a set of 19th and 20th century Japanese woodcuts from the Department of Special Collections at Connecticut College's Charles E. Shain Library where the Chu-Griffis Collection has been housed since 1988. An additional set of Japanese woodcuts was also donated by Caroline Black, former Professor and founder of the college's Botany Department. Finally, there is a small set of Chinese ivory sculptures depicting Lohan figures (also luohan, or arhat/arahant in Sanskrit), which was donated by alumna Kathryne C. Simons (Class of 1932). Additionally, the collection in the Digital Library includes over 600 examples of European and American printmaking from the Wetmore Print Collection. This collection features work by artists across Europe and the United States, spanning centuries: Annibale Carracci, Canaletto, William Blake, David Teniers, Claude Lorrain, Rembrandt, John Sloan, and many others. The Wetmore Print Collection is the result of a founding donation from Fanny Wetmore and subsequent contributions many generous donors.

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Collection information

Total size of collection* 1,026
Percentage of completion 100%
Search terms asian conncoll
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* Image totals should be regarded as an approximation until a given collection is 100% complete. Users should also bear in mind that the number of images available to them may vary from country to country, reflecting ARTstor’s approach to addressing an international copyright landscape that itself varies from country to country.

Last updated: June 25, 2012

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