A perspective of Westminster Abbey from the High Altar

“The coronation of James II; interior of Westminster Abbey, the crowning of the king at bottom centre.”–British Museum online catalogue.
“One of a series of four prints, all based on the large plates in Sandford’s ‘History of the Coronation’, first published by Bowles as a composite plate in the series ‘London Described’ (see Adams 29.8). The plate used in Sandford’s book had a shorter title, no text in lower margin, and was inscribed ‘W Sherwin sculp’.”–Curator’s comments, British Museum online

  • Title: A perspective of Westminster Abbey from the High Altar to the west end [graphic] : shewing the manner of His Majesties crowning; also the manner of disposing seating & placing several of the persons who came in the proceeding &c. Exactly taken from Sandford.
  • Publication: [London] : Printed for T. Bowles in St. Pauls Church Yard, & John Bowles & Son at the Black Horse in Cornhil, [between 1752 and 1764]

Catalog Record

752.00.00.21

Acquired September 2019

The wonderful strong and surprizing Persian dwarf

description below“Portrait of a Persian dwarf, full-length, slightly turned to the left, holding up ropes tied to his hair, dressed in a frockcoat with the skirts buttoned back and with a Turkish hat on his head, a large weight at his side, a harlequin pointing to an advertisement for the dwarf on a shed beyond, the whole surrounded by scrolling rococo foliate and shell designs.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Title: The wonderful strong and surprizing Persian dwarf [graphic] : 3 foot 6 inches high, born in Persia, is fifty six years old, speaks eighteen languages, sings Italian, dances to admiration and with the ropes ty’d to his hair, when put over his shoulders lifts the great stone A.
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [1740?]

Catalog Record 

740.00.00.65+

Acquired June 2019

The woodman : a comic opera

  • Creator: Shield, William, 1748-1829 composer.
  • Uniform Title: [Woodman. Vocal score]
  • Title: The woodman : a comic opera as performed with universal applause at the Theatre Royal Covent Garden / composed chiefly by Willm. Shield ; the poetry by Mr. Bate Dudley.
  • Published: London : Printed by Longman & Broderip, 26 Cheapside, & 12 Haymarket …, [1791]

Catalog Record

Quarto 768 Sh75 791

Acquired July 2019

 

 

Le souvenir, or, Pocket tablet for MDCCCVIII

pocket diary beginning with frontispiece (recto blank) and 40 engraved unnumbered pages with two vignettes (many signed Landseer sc.) at the top of both of the two pages for each month, followed by 12 pages engraved at the top “Cash Account 1808” and followed by a page with the heading “Annual account, 1808”.

  • Title: Le souvenir, or, Pocket tablet for MDCCCVIII.
  • Publication: London : Peacock & Sons & Champante & Whitrow ; Birmingham : Knott & Lloyd, [1808]

Catalog Record

145 So729 1808

Acquired June 2019

The only true list, of those celebrated sporting ladies

see description below

  • Title: The only true list, of those celebrated sporting ladies, or petticoat amblers, who afford the bucks and bloods an amorous felicity every evening during the races.
  • Publication: [Lichfield, England?] : [publisher not identified], [ca. 1780]

Catalog Record 

Quarto 646 780 On58

Acquired June 2019

 

Collection of 20 British inn bills, [circa 1780]-1841

collection of twenty engraved and letterpress British inn bills completed in manuscript in various hands from regions throughout England and Wales, dating between circa 1780 and 1841. Many are printed with menus listing food and drinks as well as services, providing insight into what travellers at the end of the Georgian era were offered in any given region in this period; they are also early examples of the growing tourism trade. Beside tea, coffee, milk, soda water, lemonade, cider (cyder), and a wide range of spirits, other options for speciality drinks include: negus, punch, Geneva, perry, and malt liquors. Many of the various services relate to the care and maintenance of horses and carriages; besides blacksmithing, farrier and saddling services, many of the inns offered hay and corn, rush lights, etc. Also on offer were “servant’s eating and ale”, beds with extra charges for “fires in a bed chamber”, and washing; other services listed included “Chaise hire”, servants, providers were sometimes available. Other common services and goods included writing materials, postage, tobacco, and, of course, meals with various foods like fruit listed separately. The printed invoices and menus include some with engraved designs or woodcuts that incorporate a representation of a local attraction or motifs indicative of the trade. Several of the bills also include the imprint of the provincial printer. The majority have manuscript annotations.
Two invoices from Welsh business are produced by “Watton, Printer, Shrewsbury Chronicle” for Bedd Gelert Hotel, Carnarvonshire A. Prichard and Harod Arms Hotel, Devil’s Bridge, a village and community in Ceredigion, Wales, both of which are illustrated on the fronts and backs, with the same image on the back: The Iron Suspension Bridge, completed and opened on Monday, Januaray 30th, 1826, over the Menai Strait from Carnarvonshire into Anglesey. The fronts include the advertisements for the individual business but also include other natural wonders of the area: Cataracts and Aber Glaslyb Bridge, the Salmon Leap and the Pass in Snowden.

  • Title: Collection of 20 British inn bills, [circa 1780]-1841.

Catalog Record 

LWL Mss File 147 & LWL Mss File 148

Acquired June 2019

 

 

 

Thomas Martin, No. 44 Gracechurch Street

description belowA trade card for Thomas Martin, illustrated around the perimeter with tools of his trade including various kinds of knives and a fork, scissors, pocket books, belt buckles, and cocks. Also in three corners are images of a composer seated before type trays, a printer working at his press, and a weaver working his loom.

  • Creator: Martin, Thomas, active 1783-1795.
  • Title: Thomas Martin, No. 44 Gracechurch Street, London [graphic] : wholesale hardwareman, pocket book maker, printer & silk weaver … / Jones fecit, Crown Court near St. Anna Soho.
  • Publication: [London] : [Thomas Martin], [between 1783 and 1795?]

Catalog Record

File 66 783 M379

Acquired June 2019

To Mariot Arbuthnot Esqr.

see description belowA view of Havana harbor, with the HMS Orford at anchor, centre, other warships lying heads to sea; cannon and provisions being manhandled ashore. The beach is filled with troops and tents.

  • Printmaker: Mason, James, approximately 1723-1805, printmaker.
  • Title: To Mariot Arbuthnot Esqr., Commander of His Majesty’s Ship of War Orford, at the reduction of the Havannah in the year 1762, this perspective view of landing the cannon, bombs, provisions, and water, for the army, June 30th between 6 and 7, in the evening [graphic] : the Orford making signals to the Commodore; with the Dragon, Cambridge, & Marlboroough, lying with their heads to the sea, for the Sterling Castle, to get to the westward of them : is most humbly inscribed by one of his lieutenants … P.O.R. Sbridge / Serres pinxt. ; Mason sculpt.
  • Publication: [London] : [J. Bowles?], [ca. 1762]

Catalog Record 

Drawer 762.00.00.54+

Acquired June 2019

Geo. Pulley Esqr., map & printseller at Rembrandt’s Head

description belowA medley print advertising the business of map and printseller George Pulley with portrait prints, caricatures, and satires overlaid on images of maps, some prints with identifiable titles (e.g. The contrast). According to the British Musuem online catalogue (September 2019) trade cards of the same design were used by Michael Jackson and Peter and Elizabeth Griffin.

  • Title: Geo. Pulley Esqr., map & printseller at Rembrandt’s Head in New Round Court, Strand, London [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : [Geo. Pulley], [mid-18th century]

Catalog Record

File 66 740 G347

Acquired June 2019