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 in Europe from the fifteenth century through the early twentieth century, with notable American examples as well.
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 free and open to the public by appointment, Tuesday through Friday, 10 am–4 pm. Anyone who wishes to study paper-based works not on view may request an appointment, giving as much advance notice as possible (preferably two weeks), by completing the form here or by calling 413 458 0560. If you have a question about the works on paper collections at the Clark, please submit an inquiry to [email protected].