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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 1093

Wiliam B. Osgood Field collection of drawings for book illustrations


Drawings by George Du Maurier, Thomas Nast, Arthur Rackham, and others collected by William B. Osgood Field.


  • Creation: 1844-1925

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.25 linear feet (1 box)

Contains illustrations by George Du Maurier, Thomas Nast, Arthur Rackham, and others for various books, including Aesop's fables, English fairy tales, and The scarlet letter. Also includes a portrait photograph of Leonard Merrick and a photomechanical print of Edward Lear, among other items.


Arranged alphabetically by illustrator.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

51M-312 - 51M-332. Presented by the Estate of William B. Osgood Field; received: 1951.

Processing Information

All items were deframed in repository. Loose materials found during deframing were moved to curatorial file.

Field, William B. Osgood, collector. William B. Osgood Field collection of drawings for book illustrations, 1844-1925: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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