Featuring European and American master drawings, First Impressions showcases seldom seen treasures from the Lyman Allyn’s permanent collection. The digital exhibit includes drawings and watercolors from the 15th through the early 20thcentury by German, Dutch, Italian, French, British, and American masters. Many were acquired in the 1930’s by the museum’s first director Winslow Ames, who was a venerable drawings scholar. While some of these are finished works of art, others are preliminary sketches for paintings, revealing the detailed working methods of artists such as Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres and Edgar Degas.

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