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Metamorphosis : amateur drawings and paintings that replicate the publication by Benjamin Sands

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 566

Scope and Contents

Discrete drawings and paintings by vernacular artists, probably created in North America, circa 1790-1820, that pay homage to the illustrations and text of "Metamorphosis, or A transformation of pictures, with poetical explanations: for the amusement of young persons," by Benjamin Sands, first published in North America in 1789. The groups of drawings and paintings are attributed to Esther Carpenter and Henry Perkins, as well as an unidentified artist. The groups replicate the original publication, in most of the examples the sheets holding the illustrations each possess an upper and lower flap that allows for the transformation from one figure to another by various foldings.

Dates

  • circa 1790-1820

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Metamorphosis, Amateur Drawings and Paintings that Replicate the Publication by Benjamin Sands collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

From the collection of Lisa Unger Baskin and Leonard Baskin. Purchased from Cumberland Rare Books on the Jockey Hollow Fund, 2006.

Arrangement

Matrials are arranged alphabetically by attibutued author and therein by the order of illutrations in the orginal publication.

Extent

0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.metamorphosis

Overview

Four discrete groups of drawings and paintings by amateur artists, probably created in North America, circa 1790-1820, that pay homage to the illustrations and text of "Metamorphosis, or A transformation of pictures, with poetical explanations: for the amusement of young persons," by Benjamin Sands, first published in North America in 1789. The groups of drawings and paintings are attributed to Esther Carpenter and Henry Perkins, as well as an unidentified artist. The groups replicate the original publication, in most of the examples the sheets holding the illustrations each possess an upper and lower flap that allows for the transformation from one figure to another by various foldings.
Title
Guide to the Metamorphosis, Amateur Drawings and Paintings that Replicate the Publication by Benjamin Sands
Status
Under Revision
Author
by Matthew D. Mason
Date
May 18, 2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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Location

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