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Carswell Drawings

1827-1864

Sir Robert Carswell's anatomical drawings, with manuscript notes describing the cases illustrated, 1827-1838, and a manuscript catalogue, dated 1864.
The collection contains many items of historical significance, notably the first illustrations of the pathology in Hodgkin's Disease, the first portrayal of the lesions on the spinal cord in multiple sclerosis and the first depictions of iron deficiency anaemia. It comprises over around a thousand finely drafted watercolour and ink drawings, of various dimensions, depicting diseased structures divided into groups by subject.
Not all the drawings in the collection are by Carswell himself. Other named artists are Johnson Savage (17 drawings), W P Cocks (5 drawings) and H B Tuson (1 drawing). There is also an artist known simply by the initials "J A" (3 drawings) and some case notes are signed by B[enjamin] Clarke (3 drawings). In addition there are two (identical) uncoloured printed lithographs, and one unsigned drawing, dated Calcutta, 1852. Carswell's drawings are usually signed, or at least initialled by him, with the date and location on the verso. They date from September 1825 to March 1839, with those dated 1825 to early 1831 having Parisian locations. As well as the hospitals, zoo and abattoirs mentioned previously, some have names of doctors - presumably private cases which Carswell observed. One drawing has the inscription "Santo Spirito 1826", i.e. the Ospedale di Santo Spirito, the oldest hospital in Rome. One other has "St. Valery-sur Somme 1839" on the verso.
Of those executed in London, the majority were done at the North London or University College Hospital. Other locations are the Mount Street Infirmary and the North London Fever Hospital. The Fever Hospital was established for smallpox patients in 1802, in Gray's Inn Road, and moved to Liverpool Road, Islington in 1848.
Many drawings have several numbers on them but Carswell seems to have settled on the seventeen categories [A, B, Ca, Cb, D, E, Fa, Fb, Fc, Fd, G, Ha, Hb, Hc, I, K & L], each dealing with a part of the body or type of disease. The drawings were obviously once numbered in a continuous sequence from 1 to 1,035 but were then arranged into their respective groups which explains the seeming gaps in numbering.
The original drawings vary considerably in size, from as little as 4 x 4 cm to as much as 45 x 30 cm and above. Most are painted in watercolours. Over the years they were much used and handled, becoming very dirty and damaged, particularly at the edges. A project to conserve and re-house the drawings was completed in 2007. The drawings were digitised in 2017 and are now available online.

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Title Drawings of Larynx, Tongue and thyroid
Date1 1827-Apr 1831
StorageSite

UCL Special Collections

Records included here:
CARSWELL/Ca/30

CARSWELL/Ca/30

Thyroid Gland

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/33

CARSWELL/Ca/33

Disease of the Thyroid Gland

1827

CARSWELL/Ca/40

CARSWELL/Ca/40

Cancer of the Tongue

1828

CARSWELL/Ca/64

CARSWELL/Ca/64

Ulceration of the Larynx, Trachea and Bronchi

Apr 1828

CARSWELL/Ca/65

CARSWELL/Ca/65

Perforation of the Pleura and Pneumothorax

Jun 1828

CARSWELL/Ca/66

CARSWELL/Ca/66

Ulceration of the Larynx and Trachea

1820s?

CARSWELL/Ca/67

CARSWELL/Ca/67

Ulceration of the Larynx, Trachea and Bronchi

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/68

CARSWELL/Ca/68

Pneumothorax, Pleuritis; Follicular Ulceration of the Trachea.

Apr 1928

CARSWELL/Ca/69

CARSWELL/Ca/69

Ulceration of the Larynx

Jun 1828

CARSWELL/Ca/70

CARSWELL/Ca/70

Ulceration & Abscess of Larynx.

1820s?

CARSWELL/Ca/71

CARSWELL/Ca/71

Perforation of the Trachea

Aug 1828

CARSWELL/Ca/72

CARSWELL/Ca/72

Ossification of the Trachea

Oct 1828

CARSWELL/Ca/73

CARSWELL/Ca/73

Oedema and Purulent Infiltration of the Glottis, Larynx and Pharynx

Apr 1829

CARSWELL/Ca/74

CARSWELL/Ca/74

Croup

Apr 1828

CARSWELL/Ca/301

CARSWELL/Ca/301

Fibrous Tumour of the Thyroid Gland

May 1829

CARSWELL/Ca/302

CARSWELL/Ca/302

Oedema of Glottis. Ulceration of larynx

Jun 1829

CARSWELL/Ca/303

CARSWELL/Ca/303

Phthisis, Tuberculous Excavations, Extensive Ulceration of Larnyx, Trachea and Bronchi

Jun 1829

CARSWELL/Ca/322

CARSWELL/Ca/322

Hypertrophy and Ulceration of the Tongue

Aug 1829

CARSWELL/Ca/459

CARSWELL/Ca/459

Gangrene of the Tongue

1829

CARSWELL/Ca/470

CARSWELL/Ca/470

Serum and Coagulable Lymph

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/471

CARSWELL/Ca/471

Inflammation and Ulceration of the Posterior Edges of the Glottis

Oct 1830

CARSWELL/Ca/482

CARSWELL/Ca/482

Serous Cyst in the Thyroid Gland

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/483

CARSWELL/Ca/483

Enlargement of the Thyroid Gland

Sep 1830

CARSWELL/Ca/543

CARSWELL/Ca/543

Cancer of the Tongue

Jan 1831

CARSWELL/Ca/556

CARSWELL/Ca/556

Oedema of the Glottis

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/557

CARSWELL/Ca/557

Caries and Necrosis of Cartilages and Larynx

1831

CARSWELL/Ca/558

CARSWELL/Ca/558

Gelatiform Transformation of the Thyroid Gland

Mar 1831

CARSWELL/Ca/559

CARSWELL/Ca/559

Inflammation of the Trachea and Larynx

Apr 1831

CARSWELL/Ca/560

CARSWELL/Ca/560

Larynx: Oedema Glottidis

Jan 1831

CARSWELL/Ca/561

CARSWELL/Ca/561

Carcinoma of the Larynx

May 1827

CARSWELL/Ca/714

CARSWELL/Ca/714

Tongue in the Last Stage of Typhus Fever.

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/715

CARSWELL/Ca/715

The Tongue in a Case of Hepatitis

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/716

CARSWELL/Ca/716

Sero-enteritis with Disorder of the Liver

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/717

CARSWELL/Ca/717

Specific Bronchitis

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/718

CARSWELL/Ca/718

Muco-enteritis with Disorder of the Liver

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/719

CARSWELL/Ca/719

Tongue: Muco-Gastritis or Small Intestines: Muco-Enteritis

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/720

CARSWELL/Ca/720

Tongue and Small Intestines: Muco- and Sero-Gastritis & Enteritis

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/721

CARSWELL/Ca/721

Tongue in an Intense Case of Muco-Gastritis

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/722

CARSWELL/Ca/722

Muco-gastritis with Specific Bronchitis

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/723

CARSWELL/Ca/723

Sero-gastritis

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/724

CARSWELL/Ca/724

Muco-gastritis and Muco-entiritis

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/725

CARSWELL/Ca/725

Muco-Gastritis with Specific Bronchitis

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/726

CARSWELL/Ca/726

From a Case of Sero-gastritis.

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/727

CARSWELL/Ca/727

Muco-gastritis, Cynanche Tonsillitis and Disorder of the Liver

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/728

CARSWELL/Ca/728

Tongue Under Irritation of the Mucous Membrane of the Small Intestines

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/729

CARSWELL/Ca/729

Scrofulous Bronchial Glands

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/730

CARSWELL/Ca/730

Effusion of Lymph in Larynx and Trachea

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/731

CARSWELL/Ca/731

Inflammation of Larynx, Trachea and Bronchia

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/732

CARSWELL/Ca/732

Ulcers in the Larynx

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/733

CARSWELL/Ca/733

Cancer of Glottis and Larynx

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/734

CARSWELL/Ca/734

Enlarged Thyroid Gland

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/735

CARSWELL/Ca/735

Tracheal and Bronchial Inflammation

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/927

CARSWELL/Ca/927

False Membrane of Croup

1827

CARSWELL/Ca/928a

CARSWELL/Ca/928a

Croup

1830s?

CARSWELL/Ca/928b

CARSWELL/Ca/928b

Croup

1838

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