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Grolier Club Exhibitions

Grolier Club. Institutional History: Members, Buildings, and Activities.


Elevation and Floor Plan of the Grolier Club Clubhouse at 29 East 32nd Street, from American Architect and Building News, June 1, 1895, no. 1014.

Chromolithograph, 16½ x 12½ in. 

The institutional archives of the Grolier Club contain relatively few early views of its two buildings, at 29 East 32nd Street (1890-1917), and 47 East 60th Street (1918 to date), and the images we have come mostly from contemporary published sources. This chromolithograph of the front façade and floorplans of the Grolier's first purpose-built Clubhouse at 29 East 32nd Street is a relatively recent discovery. A plate from The American Architect and Building News, it shows the accommodations available to the Club’s 250 members in June 1895, just five years after the building was constructed. Although the Club has photographs and drawings of the original rooms, until now we had no idea of the dimensions of those spaces, or how they were configured.   

Purchased in 2018 with Grolier Club Library Harper Funds. 


An Address made by the President of The Grolier Club on the occasion of the presentation … to Mr. Edward G. Kennedy of a Silver Tankard … in recognition of the great service rendered by him to the Club in the matter of The Whistler Catalogue and Reproductions, March 1, 1910.  

This splendidly calligraphed and illuminated proclamation was made for Edward G. Kennedy (1849-1932), print dealer, collector, and Grolier Club President (1912-1916), in honor of his groundbreaking The Etched Work of Whistler. Published by the Club in 1910, this monumental, multi-volume work reproduced Whistler’s etchings on a large-scale using the collotype method, which was revolutionary at the time.  Unfortunately, the “silver tankard” that Kennedy received as a congratulatory gift has not survived. 

Gift of Martha Fleischman, 2019.    



The Grolier Club, 1934.

Vernon Howe Bailey (1874-1953). Pen and ink on paper, 19 x 13½ in.   

In 1934 the New York Sun published a number of drawings of New York social clubs by well-respected local artist Vernon Howe Bailey, part of a daily series of pieces commissioned from Bailey by the Sun appearing under the title “Intimate Sketches of New York City.” The large-format pen-and-ink drawing was photographed to produce the newspaper printing plate, and then became the property of the New York Sun. The drawing passed to publisher and editor William T. Dewart when the paper closed in 1950 and remained in Dewart’s family until the Club purchased it in 2010. The drawing shows the Grolier Club and the surrounding streetscape as it appeared until the construction of a 54-story residential tower to the west of the Club in 2015.    

Purchased in 2010 with Grolier Club Library Harper Funds.