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Series I. Works by Anderson

Scope and Contents note

Series I spans the period from 1791 when Anderson was a medical student to 1864, only a few years before his death. The series is arranged into two subseries: Engravings; and Drawings and Paintings.

Engravings included here are generally illustrations, certificates, and other documents. Two large prints Anderson engraved after European artists Johannes Ridinger and David Teniers both date from 1818. A copy of one of these, Teniers' "Water Fowl," is printed on silk. Most of Anderson's other engravings were small, either vignettes or illustrations for books. These have mostly survived as small paper scraps cut from the original publication, and illustrate biblical scenes, animals from encyclopedia entries, and other subjects.

Anderson's medical illustrations are well-represented. A wood engraving of a male skeleton, measuring over 36 inches high, is a unique print. Anderson reported copying the skeleton design from an edition of anatomical drawings by Bernard Albinus (1653-1721). An engraved male anatomical figure, measuring 42 by 13 inches, is one of three copies known to exist.

One folder contains Anderson-related material that once belonged to Benson Lossing, one of Anderson's admirers and biographers. This folder includes thirty-five engravings, a carte-de-visite portrait of Anderson's second wife, Anderson's business card, and letters from Anderson and his wife to Lossing. This material was purchased together by the Society and has thus been kept together.

Engraved documents include Anderson's admission tickets to medical classes at Columbia College. As a student, he received a commission to engrave these small cards with the names of the classes and professors printed on them. Also included here are two small engravings commemorating an undated Columbia College commencement ceremony.

A wedding certificate for the wedding of Miss Frances Huntington to Josiah Phillips Quincy, on December 23, 1858, is also present.

A program from a Festival of St. Nicholas celebration held at the New-York Historical Society in 1864 tells the story of the first such celebration in 1810 in which Dr. Anderson was feted. The program is illustrated with Anderson's engraving of John Pintard, librarian of the Society, and a self-portrait.

Drawings and Paintings found in this series include eleven original pen and ink and watercolor drawings by Anderson. Medical subjects include images of vertebrae, muscle cutaways, and a neck abscess. Two watercolors show the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, where Anderson journeyed in 1798 after the death of his wife, to visit his uncle Alexander, who was the director of the Botanic Garden on the island. One drawing is a design for an emblem for the "Journeymen Stone-Cutter's Society."

Subseries I.A. Engravings: Illustrations

"Belmead," print mounted on wood block, 1850

Box: 1, Folder: 1 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

"Return[ing] from the Boar Hunt," after Johannes Ridinger, 1818

Box: 2, Folder: 21 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

"Water Fowl," after David Teniers., 1818

Box: 2, Folder: 22 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Book Illustrations--Biblical scenes, undated

Box: 1, Folder: 2-3 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Book Illustrations--General, undated

Box: 1, Folder: 4-5 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Medical illustrations, [1794]-1800

Box: 1, Folder: 6 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

General note

See also oversize Folders 26 and 27

Vignette engravings, undated

Box: 1, Folder: 7 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

General note

See also: Box 2 folder 23

Miscellaneous engravings, mostly animals, undated

Box: 1, Folder: 8 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Miscellaneous engravings, once owned by Bernard Lossing, undated

Box: 1, Folder: 9 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Subseries I.B. Engravings: Documents

Festival of St. Nicholas Program, 1864

Box: 2, Folder: 24 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Trade cards, undated

Box: 1, Folder: 10 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Tickets of Admission/Columbia College, [1794-1799]

Box: 1, Folder: 11 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Wedding certificate, 1858

Box: 2, Folder: 25 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Subseries I.C. Drawings and Paintings

Design for Stone Cutter's Society, pen and ink, undated

Box: 1, Folder: 12 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Medical drawings, [1795-1800]

Box: 1, Folder: 13-14 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Watercolor, undated

Box: 1, Folder: 15 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)
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