Archives of American Art

Alexander Lawson scrapbooks


Collection ID:
Lawson, Alexander, 1773-1846
[ca. 1846]
Physical Description:
2 Volumes
(on 1 partial microfilm reel)

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
A short manuscript biography of Lawson, signed "L"; a table of contents with a colored miniature of Lawson, drawn by T. Birch; and engravings by Lawson of birds, mammals, sea shells, human anatomy, scientific machines, instruments and book illustrations.

Biographical / Historical

Biographical / Historical
Engraver; Philadelphia, PA. Born 1773, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Died 1846, Philadelphia. Came to the U.S. in 1794 and went to work for Thackara & Valance of Philadelphia engraving plates for Dobson's ENCYCLOPAEDIA. He also did engravings for the supplemental (1803) volumes of the ENCYCLPOAEDIA, Wilson's AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY, (1808-1814), and Charles Lucien Bonaparte's AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY; OR THE NATURAL HISTORY OF BIRDS INHABITING THE UNITED STATES NOT GIVEN BY WILSON, (1825-1833).


Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reel P2 (fr. 816-1085) available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Existence and Location of Originals
Originals in the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Penn.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Scrapbooks donated to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia by Malvina and Mary Lawson. Lent to the Archives of American Art for microfilming, 1955.

Using the Collection

Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.


Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Engraving -- 19th century -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Illustration of books Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nature-printing and nature-prints Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Engravers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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