Inspirations : twenty-four plates, with 128 compositions

Collection History

The digital collection draws upon the Library's exhibition, "Victorian Ornament: Excerpts from Design History," Dec. 9, 1989 - March 10, 1990, Edna Barnes Salomon Room, and supplements it with additional works through the 1920s. Holdings from the Victorian period, 1839-1900, are particularly strong covering America and Western Europe; these are often pattern or illustrated advice books. Other movements with representative, and often rare, titles include: Neoclassicism, Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, and Art Deco.


The Art & Architecture Collection has long been a repository of unusual plate books, with a core antiquarian collection dating to the initial creation of the Art Division. Many came from the private library of the architect Thomas Hastings, of the partnership, Carrere and Hastings, responsible for the Library's landmark classical revival building on Fifth Avenue. In the second half of the twentieth century, the department acquired additional significant titles retrospectively in response to growing recognition of the collection's depth and rarity.

Collection Data

Inspirations : twenty-four plates, with 128 compositions
Perleberg, Hans Carl (Publisher)
Birnbaum-Jackson Co. Color Printers (Publisher)
Durenceau, André (1904-) (Artist)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1928
Place Term: Woodstock, N.Y.
Publisher: H. C. Perleberg
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection
Shelf locator: MLH++ (Durenceau, A. Inspirations)
Decoration and ornament
Screen prints
Ownership: John Shaw Billings Memorial Fund
Physical Description
Extent: 4 p. l., 24 col. pl. 42 x 36 cm. [plates 40 x 32 cm. adhered to pages 41.5 x 36 cm.]
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number) : b13983397
UUID: 857cf6b0-c6bb-012f-7d35-58d385a7bc34
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