audobon1The St. Louis Mercantile Library
An Early Haven for Art in St. Louis

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ART COLLECTION

ENTRANCE LOBBY – 3rd FLOOR 

Bust of James Yeatman by R. Bringhurst, 1895

”Aurora” by Cessari, after Guido Reni, ca. 1850

LIBRARY FOYER - 2nd FLOOR

Death Mask of Napoleon Bonaparte by Francesco Antommarchi, 1830

Bust of Henry Shawby H.S. Kretschmer, 1878

View of St. Louis after the fire of 1849 by Lamasson, (possibly Henry Lewis) undated

“Beatrice Cenci” by Harriet Hosmer, 1856

Early photographs of the Mercantile Library, ca. 1920

Bust of Senator Thomas Hart Benton by J. Wilson McDonald, ca. 1854

ATRIUM

Four Winnebago Leaders by Charles Deas, including portrait of Wa-kon- cha-hi-re-ga, all ca. 1842

Bust of Robert Burns by William Brodie, ca. 1865, with ornately carved pedestal illustrations depicting Burns’ life and work 

Bust of Sir Walter Scott by J. Hutchinson, 1872

Bust of John Napier Dyer by Robert Porter Bringhurst, 1890

Lithograph of the Steamer Robert E. Lee, ca. 1870

LIBRARY - 1st FLOOR 

Bust of George Washington, after Houdon, ca. 1859

Portrait of James Yeatman, founder of the Mercantile Library, by A. Wunder, ca. 1860.

Portrait of Auguste Chouteau, one of the founders of St. Louis, and one of the oldest of the Mercantile’s paintings, ca. 1810

Portrait of William Clark by Chester Harding, ca. 1820

Portrait of Edward W. Johnston by Sarah Peale, 1865

Photograph of General William T. Sherman by Julius Bien, ca. 1888

Portrait of Joseph Charless, Jr. by W. Cogswell, 1859

Watercolors of scenes along the Mississippi, by James Godwin Scott, 1950-1985

Scene on the Meramec, near Glencoe, by Joseph R. Meeker, 1877

"Solitude" by Oscar Berninghaus, 1920

 “Live Man, Live Strong, Another June is Come,” Landscape near Elsah, Illinois, by Frederick Oakes Sylvester, ca. 1901

Bust of Christopher Columbus, by J. Gott, ca. 1855

"Westward the Star of Empire" by Theodore Kauffman, ca. 1869