Coin and Conscience: Online Exhibition

In 1986, Baker Library issued an exhibition catalogue entitled Coin and Conscience: Popular Views of Money, Credit and Speculation: Sixteenth through Nineteenth Centuries. Catalog of an Exhibition of Prints from the Arnold and S. Bleichroeder Collection, Kress Library of Business and Economics, written by Ruth Rogers, then curator of the Kress Library at Baker Library.

Featuring lots of images which explain why wealth is a bad thing, this site will help you reconcile to the brave new world of the credit crunch! As the introduction says:

The Bleichroeder Collection of prints at Baker Library includes more than one thousand woodcuts, engravings, etchings, and lithographs, ranging in date from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. It is divided into the following general subject categories: views of stock exchanges, banks, mints, and treasuries; portraits of bankers, statesmen, and financiers; political and personal satires; national finance and taxation; images of money lenders, avarice, corruption, poverty, charity, and anti Semitism; and a large number of prints on speculation and credit. Many prominent artists are represented in the collection, including Breughel, Goltzius, Rembrandt, Hogarth, and Gillray.

You can see the images and find out more about the resources of the Bleichroeder Collection here: