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J. Clarence Davies collection


Bronx real estate mogul J. Clarence Davies (1868-1934) assembled his collection of New York City imagery over a forty year period, collecting voraciously and comprehensively. In 1929 he gave his collection to the City Museum. At the time, the gift was valued at $500,000 and included paintings, prints, maps, book illustrations, printed ephemera, and other materials that reflect all five boroughs and span the 17th century to the beginning of the 20th. In 2013 the Museum completed a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to conserve more than 150 prints, maps, and paintings from this collection. Explore those and other objects from the Davies collection here.
The Burning of the Bowery Theatre on the Evening of the 25th of April, 1845.

The Burning of the Bowery Theatre on the Evening of the 25th of April, 1845.


Broadway, New-York, 1836

Broadway, New-York, 1836

Showing each building from Webb's Emporium of Light cor. Canal Street to beyond Niblo's Garden. Presented...

The Produce Exchange

The Produce Exchange

Street view of the Produce Exchange & surrounding buildings

Central Park, N. Y.

Central Park, N. Y.

Winter Sports

Valuable Real Estate Record, an Instance of Great Real Increase of Values in Property on Manhattan Island

Valuable Real Estate Record, an Instance of Great Real Increase of Values in Property on Manhattan Island

Map showing Fifth Avenue to Fourth Avenue, from 71st to 74th Streets. | Includes a copy of a portion...

Empire City Skating Rink

Empire City Skating Rink


St. John's Chapel, New York.

St. John's Chapel, New York.


Fifth Avenue - 40th to 42nd St.

Fifth Avenue - 40th to 42nd St.

View of the west side of 5th Ave. from 40th St. to 42nd St. showing the Croton Distributing Reservoir....

Bird's-Eye View of the Great New York and Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Display of Fireworks on the Opening Night.

Bird's-Eye View of the Great New York and Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Display of Fireworks on the Opening Night.


New-York from Weehawk

New-York from Weehawk

Printed by M. Williams No. 49 Sullivan Street New York.

Five Points House of Industry

Five Points House of Industry

Designed & on stone by James A. Shearman. N.Y.

Fire Engines, 151 Essex Street

Fire Engines, 151 Essex Street

The colored lithograph was made from nature on stone and printed by Geo. G. Gratacap, 142 Grand St.,...

St. Paul's Chapel

St. Paul's Chapel

This painting depicts St. Paul's Chapel on the right and Barnum's American Museum is seen on the left....

Vue Générale de New - York. [Aerial view of New York City.]

Vue Générale de New - York. [Aerial view of New York City.]


New York

New York

Includes decorative borders.

View of East River or Sound, taken from Riker's Island, with a Distant View of Joshua Waddington, Esq.

View of East River or Sound, taken from Riker's Island, with a Distant View of Joshua Waddington, Esq.


Arrivee du Paquetbot Transatlanitque [View of New York from the South East]

Arrivee du Paquetbot Transatlanitque [View of New York from the South East]

View of New York Harbor.

Quarantine, 1833 (tompkinsville, staten island)

Quarantine, 1833 (tompkinsville, staten island)

PRINTS - AQUATINT

New York City Hall, Park and Environs

New York City Hall, Park and Environs


Croton Water Celebration 1842

Croton Water Celebration 1842

Published by J. F. Atwill, 201 Broadway.

Birds Eye View of New York and Environs

Birds Eye View of New York and Environs

Published by Kimmel & Forster, 254 & 256 Canal St. N.Y.

The Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace

For the Great Exhibition of the WORLD'S Industry at New York : 1853. Published for the History of the...

The Old East India Ware House.

The Old East India Ware House.

Corner of South and Fletcher Sts. New York.

New York From Heights Near Brooklyn

New York From Heights Near Brooklyn

Painted and published by Willm. G. Wall New York 1823. "New York From Heights Near Brooklyn. To Thomas...

View of New York from Weehawk.

View of New York from Weehawk.


Turn Out Of The Employees Of The American Express Company

Turn Out Of The Employees Of The American Express Company

Cor: Hudson, Jay & Staple Streets New York City June 21 1858

New York City Hall Park

New York City Hall Park


[Seventh Regiment Armory]

[Seventh Regiment Armory]


Washington entering New York on the Evacuation of the Royalists

Washington entering New York on the Evacuation of the Royalists

Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1852 by Frederick B. Stacy in the Clerks Office of the...

[Broadway and 13th Street]

[Broadway and 13th Street]


Old South Street New York.

Old South Street New York.


The Castello Plan. New Amsterdam in 1660.

The Castello Plan. New Amsterdam in 1660.

1916 reproduction.

[St. Paul's Chapel]

[St. Paul's Chapel]


[Entrance to Brooklyn Bridge]

[Entrance to Brooklyn Bridge]


Metropolitan Hotel

Metropolitan Hotel


Broadway

Broadway

From Warren to Reade St. Published by W. Stephenson & Co. 252 Broadway, N.Y.

Chickering & Sons New Piano Warerooms & Music Hall

Chickering & Sons New Piano Warerooms & Music Hall

E.H. Williams del. Photolithograph by Rockwood N.Y. Geo. B. Post Archt. 120 Bway.

New York Custom House

New York Custom House


Fifth Avenue Hotel

Fifth Avenue Hotel

View of the Fifth Avenue Hotel on 5th Ave. and Broadway, 23rd St. to 24th St.

Central Park

Central Park

New York City. Looking South, from the Observatory. | Entered according to Act of Congress in the year...

The New Tribune Building.

The New Tribune Building.

Printing House Square Nassau Chatham Spruce and Frankfort Streets. Armstrong & Co. lith. Boston.

View of Broadway in the City of New York with the proposed Elevated Rail-Way invented by John Randel, Junr. C.E.

View of Broadway in the City of New York with the proposed Elevated Rail-Way invented by John Randel, Junr. C.E.

Drawn on stone by R. J. Rayner. | Includes a key of references and remarks.

The World's Exchanges.

The World's Exchanges.


Great Fire of 1835

Great Fire of 1835


View of New York, 1848 (The Papprill View from St. Paul's Chapel)

View of New York, 1848 (The Papprill View from St. Paul's Chapel)

Colored aquatint of the Papprill View of St. Paul's Chapel at Broadway and Fulton St. [AHF label: ...

View of New York from the Brooklyn Navy Yard

View of New York from the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Illustration of lower Manhattan from above with boats in water and certain landmarks prominently displayed....

An Interior View of the Crystal Palace.

An Interior View of the Crystal Palace.

C. Parsons del. and lith. Printed by Endicott & Co. N.Y. New York, Published by Geo. S. Appleton , 356...

St. Johannes Kirche & Academie in New York.

St. Johannes Kirche & Academie in New York.

(Gewidmet dem Herrn Pastor A. H. M. Held.) Gezeichnet von P. M. Moeller. Lith. of F. Heppenheimer 22...

The Old Brewery at the Five Points N.Y.

The Old Brewery at the Five Points N.Y.

As it appeared Decr. 1st 1852 previous to its being torn down by the Ladies Home Missionary Socy. of...

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