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J.P. Morgan's Library, Morgan Library, 2009

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J.P. Morgan's Library, Morgan Library, 2009


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Street Address:

33 East 36th Street


Lieberman, Ralph

Other Creator:

Mowbray, H. Siddons (Harry Siddons), 1858-1928


J.P. Morgan's library. One of a suite of three rooms in the original Morgan Library building, 33 East 36th Street. Built 1903-1906 ; Architect: Charles McKim of McKim, Meade & White.

Description continued:

The library opens off of the east side of the rotunda. This photograph shows the room's east wall, which is lined with wooden bookshelves holding volumes from Morgan's collection. The ceiling-high tiered shelving is broken by a massive Italian Renaissance fireplace. Above the fireplace hangs a 16th century Flemish tapestry depicting the Triumph of Avarice. Henry Siddons Mowbray created the murals which decorate the room's ceiling. Visible in this image are the lunettes and spandrels formed by the ceiling's groin vaults. The design of the spandrels was inspired by ornamentation Mowbray saw at the Villa Farnesina in Rome. The lunettes alternate between female muses and portraits of historical leaders.

Landmark Name:

Pierpont Morgan Library and Annex

Previously known as:


  • Murray Hill Neighborhood (New York, N.Y.)
  • Pierpont Morgan Library
  • Architecture, Italian -- Influence
  • Interior architecture
  • Interior decoration
  • Mural painting and decoration

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Contributing Institution:

City University of New York. Graduate School and University Center.


Mina Rees Library; City University of New York. Graduate School and University Center.


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