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album amicorum

Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
Scope Note: Bound collections of autographs, writings, paintings, and drawings collected by the owner from his or her friends and acquaintances. Thought to have developed in German-speaking Europe in the mid-16th century; the custom was spread by students traveling from one university to another. Albums were soon compiled by people other than students, particularly men and women of the bourgeoisie. Albums belonging to members of the nobility usually contained drawings of coats-of-arms.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Album amicorum of Tokyo artists Japanese art

Identifier: Coll-1625
Scope and Contents The album contains 22 paintings by various artists, and these include: an illustration of a swallow, a peony, a waterfall, a monkey, autumn leaves, a mandarin duck, a chrysanthemum, a sparrow on a flowering twig, a lobster, heavy rain, a flock of sparrows, a tea bowl and camellia, a shrimp, houses in the snow, a fan and handscroll, a white rabbit, and a basket.
Dates: 1820-1920

Album of Arms, British and Foreign, with coloured plates, processions, battles, etc., chiefly in Dutch, also known as Michael Van Meer's Album Amicorum, 1614-1617

Identifier: La.III.283
Scope and Contents This exquisite manuscript of watercolour paintings gives a fascinating glimpse into the 17th century. Little is known of van Meer other than that he was a lieutenant in Hamburg who died on 13th October 1653. He clearly spent some time in London early in the century, as this album has numerous contemporary images of people and scenes in the capital city. The album amicorum (book of friends) is a kind of autograph book collected by early modern students or scholars from Germany or the Low...
Dates: 1614-1617

Albums of Latin Verses, with curious coloured drawings, 1645-1654

 Archival Record
Identifier: La.III.526
Scope and Contents Black and gold decorative binding and gauffered edge of an Album Amicorum owned by Johann Conrad Kraft. An Album Amicorum is a manuscript book in which people recorded names and signatures of people they met, scenes they encountered in travel and mottos. This particular book is described in the Laing handlist as an "Album of Latin Verses, with curious coloured drawings. 17th century".
Dates: 1645-1654

Liber amicorum of the family, 1st half of 20th century

 Item — Box CLX-A-1142
Identifier: Coll-1937/6
Scope and Contents Liber Amicorum that may have belonged to ‘Tony Turner’. It contains signatures from friends and family (including William Aldren turner, John William Aldren Turner, Arthur Logan Turner, and William Turner), from 1909 to 1932.
Dates: 1st half of 20th century