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J. Clarence Davies Collection 

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, and digitize 1,600. Explore those and other objects from the Davies collection here. 


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In Galleries
J. Clarence Davies Collection 
The Burning of the Bowery Theatre on the Evening of the 25th of April, 1845.
Broadway, New-York, 1836
The Produce Exchange
Central Park, N. Y.
Valuable Real Estate Record, an Instance of Great Real Increase of Values in Property on Manhattan Island
Empire City Skating Rink
Tombs Prison
St. John's Chapel, New York.
Fifth Avenue - 40th to 42nd St.
Bird's-Eye View of the Great New York and Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Display of Fireworks on the Opening Night.
City Hall Park
[Bowling Green.]
New-York from Weehawk
City Hall Park
Five Points House of Industry
Fire Engines, 151 Essex Street
St. Paul's Chapel
Vue Générale de New - York. [Aerial view of New York City.]
New York
East River
View of East River or Sound, taken from Riker's Island, with a Distant View of Joshua Waddington, Esq.
[New York Harbor]
Arrivee du Paquetbot Transatlanitque [View of New York from the South East]
Quarantine, 1833 (tompkinsville, staten island)
New York City Hall, Park and Environs
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