Guide to the Research Collections

- SECTION -- IV -- THE PURE AND APPLIED SCIENCES
- 60 -- ARENTS TOBACCO COLLECTION
- RESOURCES
- Prints and Drawings

Prints and Drawings

Pictorial representations of tobacco, tobacco pipes, and tobacco smoking include original drawings, watercolors, engravings, mezzotints, and aquatints. There are prints by Hogarth, Gillray, and Cruikshank, and by North American lithographers such as Currier and Ives. Drawings of Rowlandson, Lewis Baumer, Kate Greenaway, and Rackham are present. Twenty-seven sheets of pencil drawings by George Catlin depict pipes and stems found among the various Indian tribes of North America.

The cultivation and use of tobacco in the Western Hemisphere are documented by watercolor illustrations. Early examples of such drawings are the 31 superb illustrations in a Cuban manuscript of 1764, Nicolas Josť Rapun's "Instruccion general de el cultivo de tavacos." Perhaps the most notable contemporary drawings are 12 watercolors on Aztec and Mayan subjects executed in 1939 by Ariel Baynes, after the originals as reproduced in Lord Kingsborough's Antiquities of Mexico (1831-48).

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