An Enduring Impression

Selections from the Linn Print Collection

In 1951, Mrs. Josephine Linn made a gift of her collection of "contemporary" prints to what was then "The Dickinson College Art Gallery" as a memorial to her late husband, the Honorable William Bomberger Linn, an Associate Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The collection features a remarkable selection of works by American printmakers who were active during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Many of the prints are well known to visitors of The Trout Gallery from their inclusion in a variety of thematic exhibitions including Inked Impressions: Ellen Day Hale and the Painter-Etcher Movement (2007), 20th Century American Women Artists (1999), Trials and Triumphs: American Prints from the 1930s and 1940s (1991), and An American View: From the Country to the City (1988). Indeed, several generations of Dickinson art and art history graduates have worked with this important artistic resource. However, it is only when one surveys the entire gift of nearly 150 prints in the collection that one gains a fuller appreciation for Mr. and Mrs. Linn’s astute taste for American—notably women—printmakers. An Enduring Impression provides an introduction to the Linn Print Collection and pays homage to the foresight and generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Linn.