19 Images Of Women Reading From The NYPL’s Digital Collections

In 2015 the New York Public Library made news when they announced that they’d begun a massive image digitization process of their collection. Currently they’ve digitized over 673,951 items and with their really excellent cataloging and search tools you can find some really great things on here. The other day I was playing around in there and started looking up two of my favorite subjects: women and reading. Here for your pleasure are some of my favorite pieces I stumbled across: 19 images that range in mediums, subjects, time periods, and themes (some are sweet, some gorgeous, some cheeky).

"The Writing Lesson" - Morris Shulman

The Writing Lesson – Morris Shulman

"The Good Child" - William Redmore Bigg (AKA The Terror In My Nightmares)

The Good Child – William Redmore Bigg (AKA The Latest Terror In My Nightmares)

"Nora endeavouring to read" - Eliza Fenwick

Nora endeavouring to read – Eliza Fenwick

Young Woman reading in garden - Francis William Topham

Young Woman reading in garden – Francis William Topham

Woman reading a book outside

Woman reading a book outside

Young woman reading near lamp

Young woman reading near lamp

"Le Compte" - Paul Gavarni

Le Compte – Paul Gavarni

"Women and girls reading near swingset where younger children are suspended in hammock like swings, July 1910" - Lewis Wickes Hine

Women and girls reading near swingset where younger children are suspended in hammock like swings, July 1910 – Lewis Wickes Hine

"Comfort" (I'm putting this image on my vision board)

Comfort (I’m putting this image on my vision board)

Heidi reading - Jessie Willcox Smith

Heidi reading – Jessie Willcox Smith

"French Woman Reading, 1770s" - Pierre Thomas Le Clerc

French Woman Reading, 1770s – Pierre Thomas Le Clerc

"Reading Lady" - Sekka Kamisaka

Reading Lady – Sekka Kamisaka

Star pupil, 82 years old, reading her lesson in adult class, Gee's Bend, Alabama, May 1939 - Marion Post Wolcott

Star pupil, 82 years old, reading her lesson in adult class, Gee’s Bend, Alabama, May 1939 – Marion Post Wolcott

A Sibyl Reading - Raphael

A Sibyl Reading – Raphael

Reading the Bible in the 'storefront' Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois - Russell Lee

Reading the Bible in the ‘storefront’ Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois – Russell Lee

Women reading, April 30, 1910, Siegel-Cooper Company. - Lewis Wickes Hine

Women reading, April 30, 1910, Siegel-Cooper Company. – Lewis Wickes Hine

Young women around tables reading, P.S. 63, Recreation Center, May 1911 - Lewis Wickes Hine

Young women around tables reading, P.S. 63, Recreation Center, May 1911 – Lewis Wickes Hine

 [Woman reading a book,] Milanaise, 1400 - Stewart Watson

Woman reading a book, Milanaise, 1400 – Stewart Watson

Boston Sunday Herald

Boston Sunday Herald

 

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