Creator: Frederic A. Chapman.
Artist's representation of the legend of the Angel of Hadley. Oil on canvas, unsigned and undated. Displayed in the Reading Room of Forbes Library, Northampton, MA.
The Forbes Library holds a substantial collection of paintings, engravings, photographs, and other works by local, regional and nationally-known artists of the 18th to the 21st centuries. Among the art on permanent display are works by Leonard Baskin, W.H.W. Bicknell, Howard Chandler Christy, Lionel Delevingne, Ralph Earl, Bessie Bell Hawkes, Elbridge Kingsley, Samuel F.B. Morse, Barry Moser, Elliott Offner, Alan James Robinson, Stan Sherer, Dwight William Tryon, and many others. For questions about the Fine Arts collection, please speak with the Arts & Music Librarian.
150 Years of Northampton Photography documents the evolution of the photographic process, a place and a people. We set out to select, scan, print and display 70 images of Forbes Library's own from a collection of more than 50,000. This frame of time begins with steam as the motive power of industry, horses were the local transport of choice, from a time long ago when men wore hats. It spans two World Wars, Vietnam and the current conflict in Iraq. The list of changes is immense and profound from birth control to mass production and beyond. This approach at explaining...See all exhibits