The William Munroe Special Collections at the Concord Free Public Library holds over 210 unique pieces of art created by at least 125 different artists. There are multiple examples of sculpture, including works in marble, bronze, wood, and plaster. The collection contains watercolors ranging from small works by May Alcott to larger pieces by Bill Bright. The oil paintings contain subjects as varied as a portrait of Elizabeth Sherman Hoar to the amusement park at Walden to the Cape Ann coast. There are fine examples of woodcut prints, engravings, and lithographs as well.
The collection encompasses a wide variety of artists as well. There are pieces from widely recognized artists such as Daniel Chester French, Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts, and Washington Allston. Artworks from notable Concord artists are also included, like the multiple pieces from Stacy Tolman and Edward Emerson. Illustrators and children's book writers are well represented, making up nearly one-quarter of the collection. Some of the sculptors are unknown, but there are also pieces from Walton Ricketson and Anna Hyatt Huntington.
With so many artists represented and a variety to the pieces, the art collection of the Concord Free Public Library provides a wealth of choices for its patrons to view. See them all here.