About the Collection
The Portrait Collection of Johns Hopkins Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health
The collection includes over 300 commemorative portraits of individuals associated with the major health entities of Johns Hopkins – The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins University schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. The date range of the collection extends from the nineteenth century to the present. Each year new portraits are commissioned and added to the collection. The actual portraits are widely distributed in the many buildings of the Johns Hopkins health entities. There are installations in various boardrooms, conference rooms, auditoriums, classrooms, libraries and some public corridors.
Presently, this exhibit includes only two dimensional portraiture, the collection also includes sculptural portraits. Most of the portraits represented in this virtual exhibit are paintings, photographs, and prints with plans to incorporate the sculptural portraits in the future.
The collection is distinguished by the figures who are represented as well as by the artists who have depicted them. There are portraits by such eminent artists as John Singer Sargent, Cecilia Beaux, William Merritt Chase, Yousuf Karsh, and James Wyeth. The cultural properties staff of the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives curates the portrait collection.