Athenaeum of Philadelphia Art Collections
Shop for artwork from Athenaeum of Philadelphia based on themed collections. Each image may be purchased as a canvas print, framed print, metal print, and more! Every purchase comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Each image may be purchased as a canvas print, framed print, metal print, and more! Every purchase comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
The Cat That Walked by Himself by Rudyard Kipling
Nightingale by Koson
Cover design for The Blue Flower by Margaret Armstrong
Guarantee Trust Company exterior tile by Frank Furness
Fairmount Waterworks about 1838 by Unknown
Viola Cucullata Common Blue Violet by L Prang
A plan of the City of Philadelphia and Environs, 1808-1811 by John Hills
Pachyderm House, Philadelphia Zoo, detail of weather vane by Paul Philippe Cret
Iris Cuprea Copper Iris. by unknown
Ceiling Design, Union League by George Herzog
Plan of Philadelphia, 1860 by Augustus Mitchell
Tiger Lily by Chikutei
Merchants Exchange, 1838 by J C Wild
The State House in 1778 by William Breton
Bird and Moon by Hotei
Detail - Detroit Institute of Art by Paul Philippe Cret
Puppy and Hedgehog, illustration of by Cecil Aldin
Lyric theatre by Irvin R Glazer
Butterflies detail - Papilio philenor by unknown
Athenaeum Reading Room by Thornton Oakley
Butterfly by unknown
Design For City Hall Tower by Thomas Ustick Walter
Cover design for The Yosemite by unknown
Still Life with Roses, circa 1860 by Severin Roesen
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About the Athenaeum of Philadelphia
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is an independent member-supported library and museum that engages members, scholars and the interested general public to join actively in the cultural and intellectual life of Philadelphia and participate in historical, literary and educational activities. To that end, the Athenaeum must be a diligent steward of its National Historic Landmark building and its collections of books, manuscripts, architectural drawings, photographs, and historic objects.
The Athenaeum was founded in 1814 to collect materials "connected with the history and antiquities of America, and the useful arts, and generally to disseminate useful knowledge" for public benefit. Annually the Athenaeum's nationally significant collections attract thousands of readers: graduate students and senior scholars, architects, interior designers, museum curators, and private owners of historic buildings. It provides the Philadelphia region with a resource of first resort on matters of architecture and interior design history, particularly for the period 1800 to 1945.
The Athenaeum building was designed in 1845 by the innovative architect John Notman (1810-1865). It is widely hailed as the seminal American structure in the Italianate Revival Style and one of the first Philadelphia buildings built of brownstone. Severely plain on the exterior and deceptive in scale, the Athenaeum building contains richly embellished reading rooms with 24-foot ceilings. Into these spaces has been gathered a museum collection of American fine and decorative arts from the period 1800 to 1850 which is available for group or individual tours by advance reservation. The building has been expanded and restored to provide appropriate facilities for the care and exhibition of the collections. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977.