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COLLECTION — Multiple Containers Identifier: 44W-3093-3117, 44WM-48-49

William B. Osgood Field collection of printing plates and blocks


Printing plates and wood blocks for illustrations by Hablot K. Browne, George Cruikshank, and John Leech, collected by W.B.O. Field.


  • Creation: 1814-1857

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


6 linear feet (106 volumes and 1 box)

Steel and copper printing plates for illustrations by Hablot K. Browne, George Cruikshank, John Leech, and others for works by various authors. Includes Cruikshank's illustrations for Bentley's miscellany, Dashes of American humour, Hints on life; as well as plates and a wood block for Browne's illustrations for A paper of tobacco by William Andrew Chatto [pseud. Joseph Fume]. Also contains steel plates and wood blocks for Albert Smith's The month, among other items illustrated by John Leech. Includes some original sketches as well.


Arranged by accession number.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

44W-3093-3117, 44WM-48-49.

Deposited by W.B.O. Field, Westfield, Lake Mohegan, New York; received: 1944 Spring.

Field, William B. Osgood, collector. William B. Osgood Field collection of printing plates and blocks, 1814-1857: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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