Many of the exhibition checklists scanned for second phase of the Documenting the Gilded Age project contain very little information beyond the title of an artwork shown. Thankfully, over the years, the Frick Art Reference Library Photoarchive staff members have cross-referenced items listed in the checklists to the images in the Photoarchive collection.
A loan exhibition held in 1913 at the Durand-Ruel Galleries, New York City, of paintings by French artist Édouard Manet, known for his works Luncheon on the Grass (1862–1863) and Olympia (1863), is an example of the connection between the documentation of an exhibition and the images available in the Frick’s Photoarchive. The copy of the checklist for this exhibition owned by the Frick has annotations that indicate the correlating images in the Photoarchive to the paintings in the checklist (see illustration).
The image and information from the Photoarchive for Le Saumon indicates that it was exhibited in 1913 at Durand-Ruel (see illustrations). It also includes a variety of other information from several different sources that combine to create a history of the painting as an object. The link between the checklist and the photo mount may not have been made without the aid of Frick Photoarchive staff, as the title of the painting is given as Nature morte in the exhibition checklist. The image in the Photoarchive acts as a starting point for research by listing several sources that can be consulted to learn additional information about the painting.