Photographs of Artists at Work

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1896–1940s
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Approximately 150 photographs of painters and sculptors at work on displays for The Field Museum. Artists include muralist Charles Abel Corwin; sculptors Carl Akeley, Frederick A. Blaschke, Malvina Hoffman, George Marchand, John G. Prasuhn; and painters Gustav O. Dalstrom, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Julius Moessel, Charles R. Knight, and Arthur George Rueckert.

Biographical Historical Note

In its early decades, from the 1890s through the 1940s, Chicago’s Field Museum (formerly Field Museum of Natural History) employed numerous sculptors, painters, and muralists who created sculptures, murals, and painted backgrounds for natural history displays.