Nassau Hall Iconography
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The first is a rendering of Nassau Hall by Dawkins, from New American Magazine, published in 1760, four years after the building was completed. This building was later seriously damaged during the American Revolution. Paintings by Peale, Polk and Trumbull depicting George Washington and the Battle of Princeton have Nassau Hall in the backdrop, thus reminding the viewer of Princeton's contribution to the Revolutionary cause and its subsequent sufferings.
Nassau Hall was severely damaged by fire several times in the course of the nineteenth century. Latrobe's sketch and floor plan were intended for reconstruction of the building after one such disaster of 1802. This remodeled building lasted and remained a favorite subject of painters' and engravers' until another fire in 1855 required yet another reconstruction. Drawings and engravings from the nineteenth century show the differences of these two designs.
The collection includes paintings and drawings of a few other buildings at Princeton. Stanhope Hall and Philosophical Hall were both built in 1803. While the former has housed the college library, class rooms and various administrative offices over time, the latter, where mathematics and natural philosophy classes were conducted, was razed in 1873 to make room for Chancellor Green Library. East College, an exact duplicate of West College, served exclusively as a dormitory for over ninety years before it was demolished in 1896. The plans of Nassau Hall and all these buildings reflect the nineteenth-century preference for a symmetrical quadrangle.
The folder labeled "Twentieth Century Renderings" contains several original items such as a pen drawing, a water color painting and a few prints, all of Nassau Hall. Also included are a blueprint of the first floor, Nassau Hall, (1936) and its reproductions.
Except for the folder labeled "Twentieth Century Renderings," most of the items in this collection are listed within chapter seven of Nassau Hall: 1756-1956. This volume was commissioned by the Board of Trustees of Princeton University to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Nassau Hall. The information on the iconography included in Nassau Hall is based on research done by Varnum Lansing Collins. The commentary on each image listed in the book has been included with the respective image.
Series 1: Nassau Hall Iconongraphy, Chronological, is arranged by the date of the materials; Series 2: Additions, is arranged in the order that the materials were donated or transferred to the library.
Materials are added regularly on a regular bases.
FOR DIGITIZED CONTENT: Almost all of the collection, with the exception of oversize material, has been digitized and may be viewed or downloaded through this finding aid. To view materials, navigate to the title of the item.
The collection was created by Princeton University Archives and is being added to on a continuing basis.
This collection was processed by Sue J. Kim in May 1997, Rachel Ban in June 2001. Additional material incorporated and the finding aid updated by Sue J. Kim, Rachel Ban in May 1997, June 2001. Additions made and finding aid updated by Christie Peterson in August 2011 and May 2012 and by Jarrett M. Drake in September 2014.
No information about appraisal is available.
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- Sue J. Kim; Rachel Ban
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The materials are arranged by their date of creation, from the earliest to the most recent.Physical Description
Je Fisher Pinxit from an old print, Feb. 1807.Physical Description
After 1804/05: Shows Stanhope and Philosophical Halls; Before 1833: East College not shown. Size of trees indicates 1825.Physical Description
Probably not used in Monthly before September 1845. By 1848, a cut of one of the Halls was being used.Physical Description
Also Used, as Letterhead. Those dated 1840 & 1841 have names of Hornor and Gilbert which the later ones lack.Physical Description
The materials are arranged in the order that they were added to the collection.Physical Description
Printed engraving by Henry Dawkins based on a sketch by W. Tennent. Other copies of the print at Princeton University Library are cataloged here and here.
A folder of supplementary material about this print, its loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and an envelope that seems to have contained a receipt for the engraving from 1929, is also included in Box 6.Physical Description
Presented by Moses Taylor Pyne, Class of 1877.Physical Description
1 folder12 x 17 inches and 23 x 32.5 inches
One silk-screened print of Nassau Hall created by Joe Hazen '35 for the Class of 1935's 50th reunion.Physical Description
J. Fisher's 1807 oil copy of a 1764 engraving by Henry Dawkins.Physical Description
One print of Cannon Green including Nassau Hall.Physical Description