Online Tour: Main Gallery
Slocum Room | Reading Room | Portrait Gallery | Mendel Room | Wordsworth Room
Upon entering the Lilly Library visitors find themselves in the Main Gallery, which also serves as a reception point for those wishing to use the Reading Room. The exhibitions in this gallery, which change every three to four months, highlight central themes in the Library's collections. The photograph is of the exhibit, Places of the Imagination: A Celebration of Worlds, Islands, and Realms.
On continuing exhibit in the Lilly Library's Main Gallery is the double elephant folio of the first edition of Audubon's Birds of America.
Two well-known portraits of George Washington hang in the Main Gallery, one by Gilbert Stuart and the other by Thomas Sully. Other oil portraits are of literary, historical, and scientific figures represented in the Lilly Library's collections: Thomas Jefferson, Robert Frost, Booth Tarkington, James Whitcomb Riley, Edward Eggleston, John Townsend Trowbridge, Ernest Haeckel, and Julia Ward Howe.
The hand printing press is a modern replica, built on the plan of the "new fashioned" press described in Joseph Moxon's Mechanick Exercises (London, 1683). A full-scale working model, it is used for class demonstrations.