Photograph of Yosemite National Park

About the Works on Paper Collection

The Clark’s works on paper collection includes more than 6,500 prints, drawings, and photographs that span the history of the graphic arts in Europe from the fifteenth through the early twentieth century, with notable American examples as well. The collection includes significant concentrations of work by Albrecht Dürer, John Constable, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Winslow Homer, Claude Lorrain, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The Clark’s small but important group of pastels by Degas, Mary Cassatt, Jean-François Millet, and Camille Pissarro are also housed in this department. 

In 1998, the Clark began a major initiative to establish a core collection of European and American photography from the 1840s through the 1910s. That collection now numbers more than 1,000 works, including important photographs by Eugène Atget, Édouard Baldus, Julia Margaret Cameron, Francis Frith, Gustave Le Gray, Nadar, William Henry Fox Talbot, Alfred Stieglitz, Linneaus Tripe, and Carleton Watkins.