J.W. Taylor photograph collection

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1880–1910

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

.5 linear foot  (1 box) of black and white and toned prints of architectural and landscape photographs taken by J.W. Taylor in Chicago between about 1880 and 1910. Most show downtown office buildings designed by noted architects, but several are images of Chicago parks and of statuary, including the Haymarket Riot Monument, designed by Johannes Gelert; Storks at Play (The Bates Fountain) in Lincoln Park, designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Frederick William MacMonnies; the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Lincoln Park, designed by Louis T. Rebisso, and others.

Biographical Historical Note

Chicagoan J. W. Taylor (1846-1918) took up photography in the 1870s, pursued it more actively 1880s, and started advertising himself as a commercial photographer in 1889. Taylor worked until his death in 1918, specializing in photographs of buildings and working in several cities throughout the U.S.

Additional Notes

Chicagoan J. W. Taylor (1846-1918) took up photography in the 1870s, pursued it more actively 1880s, and started advertising himself as a commercial photographer in 1889. Taylor worked until his death in 1918, specializing in photographs of buildings and working in several cities throughout the U.S.