Rare Book & Manuscript Library

George A. Plimpton collection of portraits, 1550-1920

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1007
Bib ID 4079577 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Plimpton, George A. (George Arthur), 1855-1936
Title George A. Plimpton collection of portraits, 1550-1920
Physical Description 40 items (40 items)
Language(s) English .
Additional Description http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/36_PL-Q_04.pdf

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.






Primarily oil portraits of 18th century literary figures. There are also engravings, and pen and ink and pencil sketches. Among the literary figures are portraits of Samuel Butler, Lord Byron, Thomas Carlyle; Colley Cibber; Charles Dickens; John Evelyn; John Foxe; David Garrick; Thomas Gray; Charles Lamb; Sir Thomas More; Sir Walter Raleigh; Samuel Richardson; Richard B. Sheridan; Alfred, Lord Tennyson; William M. Thackeray; and others. There is also a portrait by Blanche Ames of George A. Plimpton. Among the artists represented in the collection are James Maubert, Frederick Sandys, and William Hogarth (attrib.)

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); George A. Plimpton collection of portraits; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Custodial History

The majority of the collection is on loan to the Plimpton family.

Bequest of Mrs. George A. Plimpton, 1950.

Gift of Mrs. Francis T. P. Plimpton, 1987.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Portraits Entered in AMC 11/27/90.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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"CUL Collections:"
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Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Engravings (prints) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Oil paintings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sketches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Ames, Blanche Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Artists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Butler, Samuel, 1612-1680 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carlyle, Thomas, 1795-1881 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cibber, Colley, 1671-1757 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Evelyn, John, 1620-1706 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Foxe, John, 1516-1587 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Garrick, David, 1717-1779 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
More, Thomas, 1565-1625 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Painters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Philanthropists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Portraits Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Raleigh, Walter, Sir, 1552?-1618 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Richardson, Samuel, 1689-1761 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sandys, Frederick, 1829-1904 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron, 1809-1892 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Collector, publisher, trustee, and philanthropist. Plimpton collected manuscripts and early books of an educational nature, Italian literature, and Americana.