The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery maintains the George Washington University's Collection of artwork including important paintings, sculptures, graphics, textiles, ceramics, historic furnishings, and photographs.
GW has been collecting art since 1821 and the collection now includes over 3,800 works of art. Some of the highlights include highly-valued paintings that are integral to GW's history in Washington, D.C. such as Gilbert Stuart's Monro-Lenox Full-length portrait of George Washington, Henry Bacon's Boston Boys and General Gage, 1775 from 1875, Henry Ulke's William Wilson Corcoran, 1875, and Margaretta Peale’s 1874 depiction of William Ruggles, the Professor of Mathematics who holds the record for the longest consecutive period of teaching at the George Washington University, from 1822-1873.
The GW Collection — already distinguished for its collections of photography, Washington Color School painting, and its historical collections relating to Ulysses S. Grant — has been developed greatly during the past three decades with the acquisition of a number of works by such notable artists as Hannelore Baron, Ralph Blacklock, Fernando Botero, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Kainen, Jules Olitski (prints and sculpture), Robin Rose, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, and Isaac Witkin. Most recently the Corcoran Study Collection was accessioned into the collections of the University and is used by classes and students.
Philippe Halsman, Anna Maria Alberghetti, 1961, gelatin silver print. Gift of Lawrence Benenson, 1983. P.83.18.110. © Halsman Archive
Philippe Halsman, Sid Caesar, 1950, gelatin silver print. Gift of Lawrence Benenson, 1983. P.83.18.57. © Halsman Archive
Louis Stettner, Windshield, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1957, gelatin silver print mounted on board. Gift of Lawrence Benenson, 1983. P.83.18.373. © The Louis Stettner Estate
Many works from the GW Collection are on view in public spaces around campus; Notable works are found in the lower level of Lisner Auditorium, the F Street House, Duques Hall, and in the offices of some administrators. The collection also includes the public sculpture found on the Foggy Bottom, Mount Vernon, and Virginia campuses of the university.
To view selected works from the GW Collection and other collections across GW, please visit the online database. If you have a specific question about a work of art from the GW Collection on campus, please email [email protected]. For helpful search tips see Advanced Searching FAQ and How-To.
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