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Mounted book illustrations and printers' ornaments

about 1600-1800


Mount: 30.5 x 25.4 cm (12 x 10 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodcuts, etchings, and engravings mounted on 34 cardboard sheets

Not On View


Special collections

Thirty-four cardboard sheets, most with multiple cuttings mounted and outlined in red; some labeled. The cuttings are various, including engraved frontispieces, tailpieces, printers’ devices, initial letters, and small illustrations from European printed books of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Some are identified.


By about 1920, acquired (probably in London) by Henry Stuart Michie (1871-1943), Worcester, MA; 1943, inherited by Jeanne Hatch Michie (d. 1958); 1958, bequeathed to Jean Michie Crafts (1913-2002); 1987, presented to Thomas Michie; 2012, gift of Thomas Michie to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 26, 2012)

Credit Line

Gift of Thomas Michie