Paintings, Prints, and Drawings

Picturing America
Through the National Endowment for the Humanities, Picturing America consists of examples of American art that demonstrate our country's history and character. At TJMS, we are fortunate enough to have large-scale reproductions of these works of art, which we will be using as we study different time periods and themes in U.S. history.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
If you are looking for a great collection of American Art and Artists from all different time periods, click on the link above.

George Catlin- The Complete Works
George Catlin (July 26, 1796 - December 23, 1872) was an American painter, author and traveler who specialized in portraits of Native Americans in the Old West. Catlin was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Following a brief career as a lawyer, he produced two major collections of paintings of American Indians and published a series of books chronicling his travels among the native peoples of North, Central and South America. Claiming his interest in America's 'vanishing race' was sparked by a visiting American Indian delegation in Philadelphia, he set out to record the appearance and customs of America's native people.

American Beauties: Drawings from the Golden Age of Illustration
Popular culture often defines what the definition of beautiful is. In the 1890s, the creation of the "Gibson Girl" by Charles Dana Gibson was thought to be the example of beauty for American women. View this exhibition to see how the "Gibson Girl" influenced other artists of the time in their portrayal of women.

Life of the People: Realist Prints and Drawings from the Ben and Beatrice Goldstein Collection
As a socially aware American, Ben Goldstein collected works from artists including women, African Americans, and the Mexican muralists who were very important at the time. The collection features images especially from the 1930s, as the Depression overshadowed all aspects of life including the arts.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
Through this webpage, you can search American paintings and sculptures by subject, artist, time period, and/or works of art. See how our history unfolds through painting and sculpture while viewing thousands of items in this collection.

I Hear America Singing: Hudson River School
This website contains a historical timeline, brief articles defining the Hudson River School movement, artists and images of their paintings, and museums with exceptional collections of Hudson River School paintings.

The Archive of Early American Images
The Archive of Early American Images is drawn entirely from the holdings of the John Carter Brown Library, an independently funded and administered institution for advanced research in history and the humanities, founded in 1846, and located at Brown University since 1901. The Library houses one of the world’s outstanding collections of books, maps, and manuscripts relating to the colonial period of the Americas, North and South, from 1492 to ca. 1825.

Cartoon and Caricature

Arthur Szyk: Artist for Freedom
Originally from Poland, Arthur Szyk created hundreds of anti-Axis illustrations and cartoons in order to support the Allied war effort during World War II. Click on this site to see examples of his work.

Cartoon Cornucopia: The J. Arthur Wood, Jr. Collection of Cartoon Art
As an editorial cartoonist, Wood has compiled a collection of approximately 36,000 works by more than 2,800 artists, including a variety of political cartoons, caricatures, comic strips, humor cartoons, illustrations, and animation cells. In order to preserve his collection, Wood approached the Library of Congress and donated his entire collection. If you click on "Object List," you can see some of the images available online.

Cartoon America: Selections from the Art Wood Collection of Cartoon and Caricature

Herblock's Gift: Selections from Herb Block Foundation Collection
In 2002, the Herb Block Foundation, founded after his death in October 2001, donated his archives to the Library of Congress. As one of America's prolific political cartoonists, the archives include numerous records, correspondence, clippings, photographs, and approximately 14,000 original drawings of his cartoons. This exhibit contains a sampling of cartoons from this collection.

Herblock's History: Political Cartoons from the Crash to the Millenium

Enduring Outrage: Editorial Cartoons by Herblock

Humor's Edge: Cartoons by Telnaes
Pulitzer Prize winning Ann Telnaes donated eighty-one original drawings of her editorial cartoons to the Library of Congress. See her political cartoons in this online exhibition.

Monstrous Craws & Character Flaws: Masterpieces of Cartoon and Caricature at the Library of Congress
Although this is a mixture of American and foreign countries' cartoons and caricatures, it is worth exploring to see different points of view on history.

It's No Laughing Matter: Analyzing Political Cartoons
Sometimes, it's difficult to understand the message behind a political cartoon. As you complete this activity, you will be able to learn how to analyze political cartoons using the Civil Rights Movement as a theme.

Stagestruck! Performing Arts Caricatures at the Library of Congress
During the early 20th century, celebrities from the stage and screen were illustrated through caricature in popular magazines around the United States. View these caricatures of stars from yesteryear in this exhibition.

Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index
If you are looking for political cartoons related to current events, this site is one of the best on the Internet.

Cartoon Prints, American
This collection consists of more than 500 political art prints made in America during the 18th and 19th centuries. You can search through this collection by topic or creators' names or preview the whole collection.

Comic Book Art- Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress


Smithsonian Photography Initiative
The Smithsonian contains more than 13 million images among the collections housed in its museums and research centers. Therefore, it has decided to put these images online, categorized by museum and discipline (i.e. the National Museum of Natural History- natural science images). Additionally, the SPI website lists all the current and upcoming photography programs that happen at the Smithsonian, both online and on-site.

Bound for Glory: America in Color, 1939-1943
According to the Library of Congress, Bound for Glory: America in Color is the first major exhibition of the little known color images taken by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information. As the Depression continued and World War II began, these images depict how life was affected in small and rural towns across America.


Museum of the Moving Image
Located in Astoria, Queens, this museum houses the nation's largest and most comprehensive collection of artifacts relating to the art, history, and technology of the moving image. Begun in 1981, the collection includes approximately 125,000 artifacts currently.