The Manton Study Center for Works on Paper provides access to the Clark’s collection of more than 6,500 prints, drawings, and photographs that spans the history of the graphic arts from the fifteenth century through the early twentieth century.
Located in the Manton Research Center, the Study Center houses 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 is also held in the Study Center. Since 1998, the Clark has been actively acquiring European and American photographs from the 1840s through the 1910s. Works by Berenice Abbott, Eugène Atget, Édouard Baldus, Julia Margaret Cameron, Francis Frith, Gustave Le Gray, Nadar, William Henry Fox Talbot, Alfred Stieglitz, Linnaeus Tripe, and Carleton Watkins are particular strengths of this expanding collection.
Prints, drawings, and photographs are displayed on a rotating basis throughout the year. The Study Center is adjacent to the Eugene V. Thaw Gallery for Works on Paper, where selections are often presented in special exhibitions. Explore the calendar here. The Manton Gallery for British Art, also situated in the Manton Research Center, regularly features works on paper. Pastels are on view in a dedicated gallery in the Museum Building.
The Study Center is open by appointment, free of charge. A bank of north-facing windows fills the room with controlled natural light, and built-in easels support the display of approximately twenty artworks at once. The space offers ample seating around two large tables and accommodates visitors who use mobility equipment. Outlets are accessible for those with laptops or tablets, and visitors are welcome to sketch or take notes in pencil. There is also AV capability.
Public programs, including collections highlights talks and open hours, are offered seasonally.
Please check the events calendar for opportunities to explore the collections without an appointment.
Tuesday–Friday, 10 am–4 pm
Closed weekends & holidays
To arrange an appointment or for more information, please call 413 458 0560 or complete this form.
Individuals, classes, and groups of fewer than 24 people are welcome.
A member of the Clark’s staff will be available to monitor and handle the artworks during your appointment.
When visiting the Study Center, please observe the following guidelines:
Electronic resources for research in art history and related fields are available using the Clark’s Wi-Fi network (“Clark Guest”). Many subscription-based scholarly databases and websites can only be accessed from the Clark’s campus. Members of the public are welcome to use the Clark library Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm.