Alexander Lawson scrapbooks, [ca. 1846]

Lawson, Alexander, b. 1773 d. 1846
Active in Philadelphia, Pa.

Collection size: 2 v. (on 1 partial microfilm reel)

Collection Summary: 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 Note: 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).

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.

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