Bridgeman acquires The Boltin Picture Library

A collection of over 30,000 images, Boltin's vast archive ranges from ancient art and artifacts to black and white photography.

XBP231809 Udjat Eyes on a Coffin, Middle Kingdom (wood & paint) by Egyptian 12th Dynasty (1991-1786 BC) Private Collection
Udjat Eyes on a Coffin, Middle Kingdom (wood & paint) by Egyptian 12th Dynasty (1991-1786 BC) Private Collection

 

Lee Boltin (1917-91) Photogapher of art, specialising in primitive works

Born in New York City in 1917, Lee Boltin trained at the American Museum of Natural History, where his early photographs focused on pre-Columbian and Eskimo art.

In 1954 he left the museum to work on his own and became well known for his photographs of artifacts, notably the contents of King Tutankhamen's tomb for the book "Tutankhamen: The Tomb and Its Treasures" in 1977 in conjunction with The Metropolitan Museum of Art's seminal exhibition on the subject that same year. 

Boltin's work has also been featured in books such as "Treasures of Early Irish Art" and "Art  Before Columbus."

 

Pylon pectoral decorated with the vulture of Upper Egypt, from the tomb of Tutankhamun, Egyptian National Museum
Pylon pectoral decorated with the vulture of Upper Egypt, from the tomb of Tutankhamun, Egyptian National Museum

 

 

XBP236471 George R. Lawrence's (1869-1938) Mammoth Camera, c.1900 (sepia photo) by American Photographer (20th century) Private Collection
George R. Lawrence's (1869-1938) Mammoth Camera, c.1900 (sepia photo) by American Photographer (20th century) Private Collection

 

Bridgeman is working to catalogue and scan the entire Boltin collection which boasts images of such diverse content as Aztec artifacts, Egyptian relics, and a wide range of Native American decorative arts, paintings and engravings. 

Unusual Native Inuit sculpture and seal skin stencils  combine with masterpieces by Picasso, Camille Pissarro and other key impressionist artists. 

View over 1,000 images from the Boltin archive exclusively available for licensing through Bridgeman. 

 

Mungltok Seagulls on arctic ice, from Cape Dorset (seal skin stencil), Inuit School / Private Collection
Mungltok Seagulls on arctic ice, from Cape Dorset (seal skin stencil), Inuit School / Private Collection

 

"We are delighted to announce the addition of the Boltin Picture Library to our archive," says Edward Whitley, President of Bridgeman Images International.

"It is a unique collection of photography comprising one of the foremost archives of pre-Columbian, European, African and Asian artifacts ever assembled, alongside some rarely seen paintings in private collections. We have had a very successful working relationship with the Boltin family over the past 5 years and look forward to continuing to make Lee's work available for reproduction."

 

 

XBP228803 The Watermelon Boys, 1876 (oil on canvas) by Winslow Homer (1836-1910) Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Inst., NY
The Watermelon Boys, 1876 (oil on canvas) by Winslow Homer (1836-1910) Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Inst., NY

 

 

XBP231850 Detail of Burial cloth, Paracas Tribe (textile) by Peruvian School (1st Century BC) Private Collection
Detail of Burial cloth, Paracas Tribe (textile) by Peruvian School (1st Century BC) Private Collection

 


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