The David Johnston Kennedy Collection

The David Johnston Kennedy Collection consists of more than 1000 watercolors, drawings, and other pieces, and is housed at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. It is perhaps one of the largest collections of images of Philadelphia. This collection was created between the years 1838 and 1898 the year of Kennedy's death. Most of the collection depict images of locations within the Philadelphia area. The purpose of this website is to provide access to these collections by placing the pieces from the collection into browsable categories.

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This site was designed byChelsea Arkin of Bryn Mawr College as a final project for City 306- Advanced Fieldwork Techniques: Places in Time.

The above image is a watercolor from Kennedy's collection depicting the North west corner of Chestnut and 12th Streets, showing, at left, Boston Row (built 1830, John Haviland, architect). from 1839. The original of this piece can be found at The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (K: 1-64).