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1Author:  Dupré, Augustin, 1748-1833Requires cookie*
 Title:  Drawings and matrices of medals relating to the American Revolution and the United States     
 Dates:  n.d. 
 Abstract:  Augstin Dupre was a prominent artist in eighteenth century France. This collection consists of a series of medals, sketches, and engravings that commemorate the American Revolution that the U.S. commissioned Dupre to create. The collection includes sketches and medals commemorating Daniel Morgan, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and "American liberty." Perhaps the most important sketch and medal is that of the American Eagle, which served as the basis for the official American eagle and was placed on the $10 gold coin in 1795. The dates of Dupre's work range from the 1780s to the 1790s. Aside from the collection's artistic value, the detailed sketches and splash medals provide material artifacts from the printing industry and culture of commemoration of the 18th century.

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 Call #:  Mss.737.44.D92 
 Extent:  0.25 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  American Revolution | International Affairs | Literature, Arts, and Culture 
 Genre:  Art | Sketchbooks 
2Author:  Lea, Isaac, 1792-1886Requires cookie*
 Title:  Isaac Lea journals, 1832, 1852-1853     
 Dates:  1832-1853 
 Abstract:  Isaac Lea was a Philadelphia based geologist and publisher. He was primarily a publisher, founding the firm Lea and Febiger, which had its origins in Matthew Carey's publishing house. Isaac married Carey's daughter Frances Anne in 1821. Always interested in science, in 1851, after retiring from the day-to-day operations of his printing firm, he dedicated his time to geology and other scientific interests. This collection contains the journals of Isaac Lea's trips to Europe in 1832 and 1852-53. Lea traveled to Europe to become acquainted with European ideas and methods, although both trips – especially the earlier one – included much sightseeing. Very much a gentleman scientist, Lea gained wide-respect for his knowledge and work, earning an honorary doctorate from Harvard. These travel journals provide insight into some of the people and practices he encountered in Europe that may have shaped his ideas about science.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.L462 
 Extent:  16 volume(s) 
 Topics:  American Revolution | Americans Abroad | Military History | Printing and Publishing | Science and technology 
 Genre:  Art | Sketchbooks | Travel Narratives and Journals 
 Subjects:  Naturalists.