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J. L. Cabell's Academic and Medical Certificates

Diploma from the University of Virginia's School of Chemistry

This diploma issued on July 18, 1833, from the University of Virginia indicates that James L. Cabell has successfully graduated from the university's school of chemistry. The diploma is signed by George Tucker, the chairman of the faculty; John P. Emmet, a professor of chemistry; and Thomas Johnson, the secretary of the faculty. Cabell went on to earn a medical degree at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and subsequently served as a professor of anatomy and surgery at the University of Virginia from 1837 until 1889. The engraving of the university, at top, depicts the Lawn, the grassy expanse at the center of the Academical Village designed by Thomas Jefferson. Engraved by C. G. Childs of Philadelphia, the image is based on an earlier engraving by B. Tanner published in 1827. Childs's engraving, however, omits a number of figures depicted in the original image—among them, figures atop the balconies of the pavilions, including a black woman, presumably a slave, holding an infant

Citation: James Cabell Diplomas, 1831–1882. Accession #7128. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: C. G. Childs, Philadelphia engraver; after engraving by B. Tanner

Created: July 18, 1833

Medium: Engraved diploma

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

Medical Certificate from the Baltimore Alms House

A certificate signed on April 27, 1836, by the trustees of the Baltimore Alms House attests that James L. Cabell, M.D., had served in that institution for sixteen months as a medical resident. An engraved image on the certificate depicts a simply dressed man and woman—presumably two inmates in the institution—as they walk in front of the poorhouse.

Citation: James Cabell Diplomas, 1831–1882. Accession #7128. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: Trustees and attending physician of the Baltimore Alms House; Joseph Perkins, engraver

Created: April 27, 1836

Medium: Engraved certificate

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

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  • Diploma from the University of Virginia's School of Chemistry

    This diploma issued on July 18, 1833, from the University of Virginia indicates that James L. Cabell has successfully graduated from the university's school of chemistry. The diploma is signed by George Tucker, the chairman of the faculty; John P. Emmet, a professor of chemistry; and Thomas Johnson, the secretary of the faculty. Cabell went on to earn a medical degree at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and subsequently served as a professor of anatomy and surgery at the University of Virginia from 1837 until 1889. The engraving of the university, at top, depicts the Lawn, the grassy expanse at the center of the Academical Village designed by Thomas Jefferson. Engraved by C. G. Childs of Philadelphia, the image is based on an earlier engraving by B. Tanner published in 1827. Childs's engraving, however, omits a number of figures depicted in the original image—among them, figures atop the balconies of the pavilions, including a black woman, presumably a slave, holding an infant

    Citation: James Cabell Diplomas, 1831–1882. Accession #7128. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: C. G. Childs, Philadelphia engraver; after engraving by B. Tanner

    Created: July 18, 1833

    Medium: Engraved diploma

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Medical Certificate from the Baltimore Alms House

    A certificate signed on April 27, 1836, by the trustees of the Baltimore Alms House attests that James L. Cabell, M.D., had served in that institution for sixteen months as a medical resident. An engraved image on the certificate depicts a simply dressed man and woman—presumably two inmates in the institution—as they walk in front of the poorhouse.

    Citation: James Cabell Diplomas, 1831–1882. Accession #7128. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: Trustees and attending physician of the Baltimore Alms House; Joseph Perkins, engraver

    Created: April 27, 1836

    Medium: Engraved certificate

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections