The Beinecke Collection is the preeminent collection of materials on the Lesser Antilles, the small islands that form the eastern chain of the Caribbean. It was given to Hamilton College in 1971 by Mary Ann and Walter Beinecke, Jr. and includes books, maps, paintings, drawings, and prints from the 16th to the 20th centuries. Jointly managed by the Hamilton College library and the Emerson Gallery it is an important resource for Latin American and Africana studies.
This exhibition features selections from the collection of prints, drawings, and watercolors that are held at the Emerson Gallery. Many of these works were created by members of the British Navy and document the culture, architecture, and landscape of the Lesser Antilles during the 18th and 19th centuries.