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The Library Door
Simpson, James Alexander, 1805-1880.
Oil on wooden panel. Georgetown, ca. 1831. 33.75 x 29.5 inches. The
surviving fragment of the painted door created by Simpson, Georgetown's
first teacher of fine arts, for the "new" college library
in the Old North Building. Names of Jesuits then teaching at Georgetown
grace the folio tomes on the bottom shelf, each allied to the person's
academic specialty; the florid penmanship of James Van de Velde, S.J.,
the librarian, is no doubt the reason for his "authorship"
of the tome on calligraphy.
Photography: David Hagen, John Dean (the Willem Vrelant Book of Hours)
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