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

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.

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.


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

circa 1790-1820
0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)
Related Names
Baskin, Leonard, 1922-2000
Baskin, Lisa Unger
Carpenter, Esther
Perkins, Henry
Language of Materials