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In Austin Hall are hung the most valuable collection of engravings of famous English and American judges and lawyers in this country and probably in England, although there are two or three private collections there which may be more valuable. There are about one hundred and fifty of these engravings, and they are hung about the walls of four of the lecture rooms. They are arranged, as far as possible, in chronological order. The engravings of Americans are hung in the east lecture room; the English chancellors in the north lecture room; the judges of the King's Bench, Common Pleas and Exchequer, in the west lecture room, and a miscellaneous collection of lawyers, law-writers and so forth, in the upper room.
Many of the engravings, especially of English chancellors are of great value and beautiful workmanship. Among the more famous English portaits may be mentioned those of Lord Mansfield, Sir Edward Coke, Sir William Blackstone, Lord Camden and Lord Brougham; and of Americans, an etching of Alexander Hamilton and an engraving of Henry Baldwin, at one time judge of the Supreme Court of the United States.
The rooms are open daily from 9 until 5, and are well worth a visit, even to those unacquainted with English and American jurists. The engravings are exceedingly interesting merely as works of art.
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