Prints and Drawings

The John Carter Brown Library has a separate collection of prints, as well as a collection of mostly British political cartoons. The prints which relate to America have been digitized and annotated and can be seen on the Archive of Early American Images. The political cartoons may also be seen at the LUNA John Carter Brown Library Political Cartoon collection.

The Library also has a collection of drawings and watercolors from the Boundary Commission headed by John Russell Bartlett. Bartlett  was appointed in 1849 to the Commission for the Mexican Boundary Question by President Taylor soon and served as Commissioner for three years before the funding for this project ran out.  The collection of drawings came to the Library when Bartlett was librarian for John Carter Brown. The collection is now on the LUNA John Russell Bartlett Collection. The library also holds a collection of John Russell Bartlett Papers. The Finding Aid to the papers may be seen here.

Summary of the John Russell Bartlet Collection: Watercolors and drawings from the John Russell Bartlett papers. 31 watercolors and drawings by Henry Cheever Pratt, and 139 drawings, 2 sketchbooks and 1 drawingbook by John Russell Bartlett, all of which were created between 1850 and 1853 when Bartlett and Pratt were on expedition in Texas, New Mexico, California, Sonora, and Chihuahua. Also included are 8 drawings in pencil and chinese white drawn from Bartlett sketches by the French artist, Oscar Bessau, who was working in Washington, D.C. in 1853; 13 watercolors drawn from Bartlett sketches by Seth Eastman in 1853 when Eastman was stationed at the Office of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C.; and 6 watercolors by Harrison Eastman, who was working in San Francisco, California during a period when John Russell Bartlett was also in that area. Also included are 5 watercolors and drawings by unidentified artists, and a pen and ink sketch of horses, and self-portrait by Bartlett.