The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is open on a revised schedule. Read more about hours and visiting and see VassarTogether for the College’s Spring 2021 plans and policies.

Ludger tom Ring, the Younger (attributed to), The Open Missal, mid-sixteenth century


Drawn by New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings at the New-York Historical Society

Published in 2008 by the New-York Historical Society in association with GILES, an imprint of D Giles Limited in London.
448 pages with color illustrations
Price: $50.00

About the publication

This catalog, written by Roberta J.M. Olson, with the assistance of Alexandra Mazzitelli, provides us with insight into the history of drawing and watercolor in New York State. The exhibition and its catalogue celebrate the four-hundredth anniversary of Henry Hudson’s famed river voyage. The New-York Historical Society holds one of the nation’s earliest assembled public drawings collections and includes a special concentration of works that reflect New York’s scenery, settlements, and citizens.

This exhibition of around eighty works features one of the first-known views of New York Harbor, from 1650, and an early birds-eye-view of Niagara Falls. The development of landscape art, especially in the regions bordering the Hudson River, is a focal point, featuring works by Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Jasper Cropsey, and George Harvey. Works by American artists from the Civil War through the Gilded Age cover developments in American draftsmanship, including the founding of the American Society of Painters in Water Colors and the advent of the American Pre-Raphaelites. Drawings by illustrators, such as Charles Dana Gibson, are also included. Modern and contemporary currents are represented with drawings by Oscar Bluemner, Raphael Soyer, Eve Ashheim, and several others. The exhibition was organized by the New-York Historical Society.

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The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
124 Raymond Ave
Vassar College
Box 703
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-00703

(845) 437-5237

Public Hours

Saturday 10am–5pm
Sunday 1pm–5pm
The Loeb will be closed the weekend of Dec 26–27 and will re-open on weekends starting Jan. 2.


Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, we cannot accommodate group tours at this time, and capacity in the galleries is limited. All visitors are required to wear masks.


Admission is free and open to all. All galleries are wheelchair accessible.


Parking is on Raymond Avenue only. Entrance to the galleries is via the Raymond Ave. gate through the sculpture garden.

Students & Faculty

Consult the Teaching & Learning section of the VassarTogether page for information about visiting the Loeb during the week.

Please note that weekend hours are restricted to the general public only.


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124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

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