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Charles M. Carton Print Collection, 1614-1870.
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Introduction
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Scope and Content
  • Access Points

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Charles M. Carton Print Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1614-1870.
    Manuscript Collection number: 88
    Creator: Carton, Charles M.
    Extent: 5 boxes and 62 folders, 2 oversize folders.
    Repository: Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library

    History and Special Collections Division
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1798
    Shelf location: Held at the BIOSPEC-CAGESTAX of the Biomedical Library History Division Special Collections.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Source of Acquisition/Provenance

    The collection was created by Charles Carton, M.D. and donated to the History & Special Collections Division in 1992.


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections Division, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Biomedical Library History and Special Collections Division Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections Division as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Charles Carton print collection (Manuscript collection 88). History & Special Collections, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 964211 


    The science of natural history emerged during the Renaissance as the study of nature shifted from medicinal and practical concerns to the description and classification of life forms. Because of their ability to represent plants and animals in vivid detail, artists were hired by naturalists to illustrate their publications. Artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Albrect Durer took such an avid interest in the depiction of the natural world that they qualify as naturalists in their own right. The same can be said of many of the later artists included in this collection: G.D. Ehret, John M. Gould, Pierre-Joseph Redoute, and Abraham Munting.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The prints were organized by the processor into the following series:
    • Botanical prints (family or species names of plants may also be listed)
    • Architectural prints
    • Astronomical prints
    • Satirical prints (see under Rowlandson)
    • Miscellaneous prints
    In addition to a list of subject headings for each print, a genre heading is also listed, which names the print process.
    • Box 1 contains folders 1-13 and consists of botanical prints.
    • Box 2 contains folders 14-25 and consists of botanical prints.
    • Box 3 contains folders 26-41 and consists of botanical prints.
    • Box 4 contains folders 42-51 and consists of astronomical prints (folders 42-44), satirical prints (45,49-51), and architectural prints (46-48).
    • Box 5 contains folders 52-62 and consists of architectural (52-57) and miscellaneous prints (58-62), which include an image of the pig-tailed monkey (62) and a portrait of Carl von Linne (60).

    Scope and Content

    The Charles M. Carton Print Collection consists of American and European Antiquarian and Natural History prints. It includes botanical prints, nature prints, ornithological prints, architectural prints, satirical prints, and miscellaneous loose prints from the 17th to 19th century with several interesting 20th century images.

    Access Points

    Nature-printing and nature-prints--Specimens.
    Monkeys--Pictorial works.
    Satire--Pictorial works.
    Botany--pictorial works. (MeSH)
    Astronomy--pictorial works. (MeSH)
    Architecture--pictorial works. (MeSH)
    Birds--pictorial works. (MeSH)
    Intaglio prints