Material Culture Collections
The painting collection consists largely of commemorative portraiture in oils. There are over 300 portraits honoring individuals who are and were associated with the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. A wide range of nineteenth and twentieth century artists are represented. Most of the portraiture is on display throughout the institutions. In addition there are over 300 other items in oils, water colors, acrylics, and mixed media. Major artists represented include the following: Wolf Khan, Grace Hartigan, David Hess, Joyce Scott, Tamara Sigler, and Raoul Middleman, John Singer Sargent, William Merrit Chase, Cecilia Beaux
The subjects of these other paintings range from landscapes and still life to abstract compositions and more. Documentation about the provenance of the paintings is available at the Medical Archives.
Prints and drawings
The prints and drawings collection consists mainly of portraiture, scenes of the campus, still life, and abstract art. There are over 500 items in this collection. Artists represented include Giovanni Batista Piranesi, Gabrielle Clements, Richard Yardley, and many prominent contemporary and local artists. In addition there are series of public health posters collected by Johns Hopkins faculty in the course of their careers. Highlights include public health posters from Russia (1920s), China (1970s), and other areas of the world where public health campaigns were undertaken.
Sculpture and Plaques
There are over 100 statues in the sculpture collection ranging from the marble copy of the monumental Christus Consolator by Bertel Thorvaldsen to portrait busts of Johns Hopkins, William Halsted, William Osler, Adolf Meyer and other figures associated with the history of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. In addition there are death masks of William Welch and William Halsted.
This collection also consists of over 1,000 commemorative plaques in marble, bronze, and brass. They serve to memorialize events and individuals associated with the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Major artists represented include: Victor Fortunato, Israel Dvorine, Henry Berge, Paul Manship, E. H. Hanrahan, Frederic Charles Victor de Vernon, Carl C. Mose, and John N. Miller. The Medical Archives maintains a master list of the plaques and their current locations. They are primarily located in situ on interior and exterior walls of institutional buildings. Plaques removed from their original in situ locations have been place in the Medical Archives and are available there for viewing and research.
This collection consists of over 200 commemorative medals struck for ceremonial occasions, in honor of individuals, and as special awards. They are primarily from the personal collections of faculty, staff, and alumni and are accessible at the Medical Archives for reference and research. In addition the Medical Archives maintains documentation on the provenance of the medals.
This collection consists mainly of antique rugs, wall hangings, and tapestries. Highlights include an Imreli rug once owned by William Halsted and a set of three 17th century Flemish tapestries by Gerard van der Stricken. Items from this collection are either on display within the medical institutions or available for viewing at the Medical Archives. In addition the Medical Archives maintains files on the provenance of items from this collection and also a listing of their current locations.
This collection consists of over 200 items of fine furnishings. It includes original furnishings from The Johns Hopkins Hospital and gifts from the estates of individuals associated with the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. There are items from the homes of Johns Hopkins himself, William Halsted, William Osler, M. Carey Thomas, William Welch, Harriet Lane, and other figures. The furnishings are mainly on display in special areas or in use in board and reception rooms. The Medical Archives maintains a listing of current locations of the furnishings and documentation on their provenance.