Collections Online

Welcome to the Maryland Historical Society’s Collections Online Database. Browse through both Museum Department collections and the Special Collections Department of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library by subject or by medium. Here you will see paintings, photographs, manuscripts, decorative arts pieces, lithographs, and more.

With well over one million items housed at MdHS, this database contains merely a fraction of what can be found in the combined collections. Information contained in the records of the Collections Online Database is subject to change as a result of ongoing research.

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American Civil WarAfrican American HistoryPhotographs
War of 1812Women's HistoryBenjamin Henry Latrobe
PaintingsMining the Museum (exhibit)

Works on Paper

Emigration & immigrationMaritimePrints
Portrait male; Paintings
Hesselius, John, 1728-1778
Colonel Edward Fell (1737-1766). Oil on canvas by John Hesselius.
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ca. 1764
1986.105.5


Paintings; Portrait male; Peale, Charles Willson, 1741-1827.
Peale, Charles Willson, 1741-1827
Full-length portrait shows William Stone: man in brown suit with gold trim, pointing to sloop "Charming Polly" in background. His left hand holds telescope, and a sextant is seen on ground at right, while a plinth with large vase are seen at left.
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ca. 1774-1775
1973.88.1


Paintings; Portrait male
Street, Robert, 1796-1865
Three-quarter length portrait shows Commodore John Daniel Danels as young man in military uniform with epaulettes, trim, and buttons. His left arm rests on table with sword and helmet, and he is seated on red-upholstered sofa in front of red curtain. He holds an envelope in right hand. A sailing vessel, sea, and sky are seen at right.
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1822
1976.57.1


Paintings; Portrait group--Family; Johnson, Joshua
Johnson, Joshua, fl. 1796-1824
Rebecca Myring Everette (Mrs. Thomas Everette) and her five children. Girl is seen at left holding pink rose. Mrs. Everette holds baby, who wears red shoes, white dress, and holds bunch of strawberries in each hand. One boy wears red skeleton suit, while other boys wear black skeleton suits. Oil on canvas by Joshua Johnson. Johnson was the first African American painter to make his living as an artist.
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1818
1976.96.4


Paintings; Portrait male; Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820; Peale Family (artists); Latrobe Family
Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860
Bust portrait shows Benjamin H. Latrobe facing left, wearing wire-rimmed glasses. He has short, curly brown hair, and wears black jacket, and white stock and shirt. Oil on canvas by Rembrandt Peale.
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ca. 1815
1981.15


Paintings; Portrait male; Howard Family
Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860 (Attributed to)
Bust portrait shows John Eager Howard facing right. He wears dark blue or black coat, yellow vest, and white stock. Oil on canvas attributed to Rembrandt Peale.
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ca. 1815
1984.86


Paintings; Portrait male
Unknown
Half-length portrait shows Robert Goodloe Harper as older man with gray hair and sideburns, his head and body facing slightly right. His spectacles appear atop book on table at viewer's left. Oil on canvas by unknown artist.
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ca. 1810-1820
1986.24


Women's history, Paintings; Portrait female; Tilghman Family; Peale, Charles Willson, 1741-1827.
Peale, Charles Willson, 1741-1827
Three-quarter length portrait shows Mary Tilghman Roberts (Mrs. Edward Roberts): woman with long brown hair, wearing lavender-blue dress with white fichu and cuffs. In left hand, she holds miniature of niece, Mary Elizabeth Tilghman, which is attached to beige cord at waist. Woman is seated in federal side chair, with elbow on table. Oil on canvas by Mary Tilghman.
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1790
1973.13.3


Paintings; Portrait male; Tilghman Family
Peale, Charles Willson, 1741-1827
Three-quarter length portrait shows Richard Tilghman: man with gray hair, seated sideways on federal chair, with left arm leaning on back. He wears black jacket and yellow waistcoat and breeches. Oil on canvas by Charles Willson Peale.
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ca. 1790
1973.13.2


Paintings; Portrait group--Spouses
Klots, Trafford, 1913-1976
Full-length portraits of the Duchess of Windsor seated on sofa arm on patio, wearing yellow dress and two-strand necklace; Duke of Windsor seated in chair in center, in light gray suit, a pug (dog) at his side. A potted plant is seen on table, with much surrounding foliage. Oil on canvas by Trafford Klots.
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1964
1965.86.1


Paintings; Portrait groups--Children; African American history
Peale, Sarah Miriam, 1800-1885
Family group shows children of Commodore John Daniel Danels. Five Danels children with two African American children. At left, a boy stands wearing brown skeleton suit. John Danels is seen in center wearing green jacket while at right, Lewis Danels is seated, wearing a brown skeleton suit. Eugenia Danels, seen on stool, wears salmon dress. Oil on canvas by Sarah Miriam Peale.
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ca. 1826
1973.12.1


Paintings; Portrait male; American Revolutionary War, 1775-1783
West, William Edward, 1788-1857 after Stuart, Gilbert (1752-1839)
Bust portrait shows Samuel Smith as a gray-haired older man with body at three-quarter angle, head frontal. He wears Continental Army uniform and Society of Cincinnati medal. Oil on canvas by William Edward West after Gilbert Stuart.
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ca. 1839-1841
1959.118.46


Paintings; Portrait male; Bonaparte Family
Isabey, Jean Baptiste, 1767-1855
Half-length portrait shows Napoleon Bonaparte: man with dark hair combed forward towards face, his body forward, head and eyes to right. He wears military uniform with star-like medallion on proper left chest. Watercolor on ivory by Jean Baptiste Isabey.
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1806
1954.158.3


Painting; Portrait male; Baltimore (Md.) Newspapers and periodicals
Dabour, John, 1837-1905
Three-quarter length seated portrait shows Arunah Shepherdson Abell: man with gray hair and moustache, wearing gray-black coat, vest, and tie. He holds glasses in right hand, while left hand holds The Sun. Other copies of newspapers, ledgers, and letters are also seen. Window appears at right with green and gold curtain. Abell was a publisher and philanthropist who founded the Baltimore Sun. Oil on canvas by John Dabour.
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1871
1954.53.1


War of 1812, 1812-1815, Key, Francis Scott, 1779-1843.; Star-spangled banner (Song); Paintings; Portrait male
Peters, Dewitt Clinton, 1865-1948
Half-length portrait shows Francis Scott Key as young man with brown hair to collar, brown eyes, and highly arched eyebrows. He wears a brown jacket with black collar, and white stock. He is seated in green-upholstered side chair. Oil on canvas by Dewitt Clinton Peters.
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1902
1952.15.10


Paintings; Portrait male
Unknown
Three-quarter view half-length portrait shows Louis Charles Pascault: man with ear-length gray hair parted proper right, facing right. He wears dark coat and white shirt, with a ghost of dark vest suggested. Watercolor on paper by unknown artist.
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ca. 1830-1850
1950.83.1


Paintings; Carroll Family; Portrait male
Kuhn, Justus Engelhardt, d. 1717
Full-length portrait shows Charles Carroll of Annapolis as boy with brown hair, wearing (now pink) and gold tunic and breeches, white stock, and dark shawl/cape over left shoulder. His right hand holds deer's silver collar. A pedestal is seen at right with gold geometric decoration. Oil on canvas attributed to Justus Englehardt Kuhn.
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ca. 1712
1949.69.3


African American history, Paul Henderson, Photographs, Baltimore City Life Museum Collection, Portrait female, Women's history, Entertainers, Churches and synagogues, Baltimore (Md.)--Churches and synagogues
Henderson, Paul, 1899-1988
Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972) performing. Possibly Gillis Memorial Church. Reverend Theodore Jackson. Audience in background. Photography by Paul S. Henderson (1899-1988), circa February 1959.
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ca. 1959
HEN.00.A2-270


War of 1812, 1812-1815, Paintings; Portrait male; Star-spangled banner (Song); Key, Francis Scott, 1779-1843.
de Vallee, Jean Francois
Half-length portrait shows Francis Scott Key as young man with wavy thin brown hair, facing slightly right with eyes forward. He wears dark coat, white vest and shirt. Watercolor on ivory by Jean Francois de Vallee.
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ca. 1798
1946.17.1


Paintings; Portrait male
Unknown
Bust copy portrait shows Luther Martin: man with tousled gray hair, wearing black coat and white stock. Oil on canvas by unknown artist.
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ca. 1920
1944.59.1