“Elderly men sit and stand, all smoking long pipes; large clouds of smoke issue from their mouths, but little or nothing comes from the bowls of their pipes. Most sit or stand silently morose; two standing men (left) appear to be puffing smoke in each other’s faces. One leans back, apparently asleep, but smoking. An ugly man seated on the extreme right takes the hand of a pretty young woman who stands opposite him; he holds a large key. She slips a note into the hand of a fierce-looking military officer who stands with his back to her. On the wall (right) is a placard: ‘At a general meeting of this Society, it was resolv’d by a Majority of Independent members, that any member may be Indulg’d with having the Key brought him, by his Servant or hand-maid, but on no pretence whatever be followd by that bane of good fellowship calld the White Sergeant.’ Above the door are framed Rules: ‘Ist No Gemman to be a member of this Society who cannot smoke three pipes at one sitting – NB no Spitting 2d No members pipe to be more than 14 Inches nor less than nine unless permitted so to do by the Landlady 3d Every member to find his own Stopper 4th Any member who puffs designedly in the face of another, to be find sixpence or be puff’d at in return by the whole company 5th All fines to be spent in Porter T. Twig Secy’ On the back wall is a large print of Sir Walter Raleigh seated smoking (right) while a servant raises a bucket to fling at the smoke.”–British Museum online catalogue.
Printmaker: Scott, Edmund, approximately 1746-1810, printmaker.
Title: The smoaking club [graphic] / I. Boyne delt. ; E. Scott sculpt.
Publication: London : Publish’d 10 Jany. 1792 by Bull & Jeffryes, Ludgate Hill], [10 January 1792]
Title: Bydesire and under the immediatepatronage of Col.Judgson. On Friday evening, July 20th, 1832, will be presented the fashionable comedy of Charles the Second; or, The merry monarch … To which will be added … The Irish Tutor; or, The new lights … The whole to conclude with a truly laughable farce called The illustrious stranger, or, Married and buried … : Mr. W. Palmer will feel obliged to those shopkeepers who will show the bills to be seen in their windows.
Title: Never acted here. Theatre, Whittingham-Lane, on Friday evening, August 24th, will be presented the much admired tragedy of Percy, Earl of Northumberland … End of the play, the following enterments: two entire new comic songs, by Mr. Rutherford. A new comic song by Mr. Lamb, a new comic song & the cottagers hornpipe by Mr. Rutherford … To which will be added the much admired laughable farce of the Village Lawyer … Tickets to be had of Mr. Rutherford.
Title: For the benefit of Mr.Clarke, at the Theatre Royal in Covent-Garden, on Thursday next, being the 29th of April, will be reviv’d a tragedy, call’d Alzira. : Zamor by Mr.Clarke, … Alvarez by Mr. Sparks, Carlos by Mr. Dyer … To which will be added a farce (not acted these ten years) called Duke and no Duke. …
“The Prince of Wales falls from an overturning phaeton or curricle. He is about to fall on the prostrate body of Mrs. Fitzherbert (left), who lies on her back, her breasts exposed, in an attitude intended to be indecorous. She lies under a steep bank or rock beside a country road. The horse rears behind the Prince.”–British Museum online catalogue.
Title: The Princes disastar [sic], or, A fall in Fitz [graphic].
Publication: [London] : Published by James Aitken, Little Russell Court, Drury Lane, [July 1788]
Title: The completeEnglishgardener, or, Gardener‘s monthly chronicle : containing directions for the proper management of the flower, fruit, and kitchen gardens, for every month of the year … To which is added The compleat bee-master, or, Best method of managing bees, as well as for profit as pleasure. Together with The whole art of breeding and rearing, fowls, ducks, geese, turkies, pigeons and rabbits … / by Samuel Cooke, gardener, at Overton, in Wiltshire …
Publication: London : Printed for John Cooke, at Shakespears-Head, in Pater-Noster-Row, and sold by most other booksellers in England, [1765?]
A caricature on the prevalence of bribery during elections, most probably that of 1826. The successful liberal candidate stands on a platform before a cheering crowd and people waving from the windows of adjoining building. In the ‘Committee Room’ behind him, an official pays a man holding a sign inscribed ‘No bribery or corruption’ with the word ‘and’ between bribery and corruption scored through. On the right is an armchair and behind it stand two large flags; two flowers on the chair match the flower on the lapel of the candidate.
Artist: Lane, Theodore, 1800-1828, artist.
Title: Chosen candidate [art original] / by Theodore Lane.
Date inferred from from text near bottom of sheet: … the [blank] day of [blank] 176[blank].
A form printed in letterpress with spaces for manuscript additions; the letterhead is decorated above with an engraving showing a large sun with a face, an image of a fire engine above, and two officials on either side.
Title: Whereas [blank] hath paid the sum of [blank] to the Society of the Sun Fire-Office in London, and has agreed to pay or cause to be paid to them at their said office, the sum of [blank] on the [blank] and the like sum of [blank] yearly on the [blank] during the continuance of this policy, for insurance from loss or damage by fire, on [blank].
Publication: [London?] : [Sun Fire Office], [176-?]