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?]

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Acquired June 2019

The brickdust man

see description below“Portrait of unknown tradesman standing half-length to front, head slightly to right, eyes to front; carrying bag over his right shoulder, staff in his left hand, and wearing cap.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Watson, James, 1740-1790, printmaker.
  • Title: The brickdust man [graphic] / Nathl. Hone pinxt. ; Jas. Watson fecit.
  • Publication: [London] : Printed for Henry Parker & Elizth. Bakewell, opposite Birchin Lane in Cornhill, London, [between 1755 and 1790]

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755.00.00.26+ Impression 3

Acquired June 2019

The new Newgate calendar

see description belowWith engraved plates showing prisons, executions, portraits, trial at the Sessions House, Old Bailey, crimes on land and at sea. Directions to binder at end of volume 3.
Contents continues: … mutineers, coiners, highwaymen, footpads, housebreakers, rioters, extortioners, sharpers, forgers, pickpockets, fraudulent bankrupts, money-droppers, imposters, and thieves of every description. Containing also a number of interesting cases never before published; with occasional essays on crimes and punishments, original anecdotes, and observations on particular cases; explanations of the criminal laws, the speeches, confessions, and last exclamations of sufferers, to which is added, a correct account of the various modes of punishment of criminals in different parts of the world.

  • Author: Knapp, Andrew.
  • Title: The new Newgate calendar : being interesting memoirs of notorious characters, who have been convicted of outrages on the laws of England, during the seventeenth century, brought down to the present time. Chronologically arranged. Comprising traitors, murderers, incendiaries, ravishers, pirates … / by Andrew Knapp and William Baldwin, attornies at law.
  • Publication: London : Printed and published by J. Robins and Co., Ivy-Lane, Paternoster-Row, [1820?]

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521 6

Acquired June 2019

John Sheppard

read description belowPortrait of John Sheppard, highwayman and thief, seated three-quarter length in prison cell with hands in chains, head turned to right, towards window; wearing plain coat and necktie, his hair cut short; lettered state with Latin verses.

  • Printmaker: White, George, approximately 1684-1732, printmaker, publisher.
  • Title: John Sheppard [graphic] / J. Thornhill Eques delin. ; G. White fecit.
  • Edition: [State 5].
  • Publication: [London] : Sold by T. Bowles in St. Pauls Church Yard, J. Bowles against Stocks Market, & Geo. White in Hart Street between [the] Church & Bloomsbury Markt, [ca. 1724]

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Acquired June 2019

Letters addressed to the Countess of Ossory


Letters addressed to the Countess of Ossory

  • Author: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797.
  • Title: Letters addressed to the Countess of Ossory, from the year 1769 to 1797. By Horace Walpole, lord Orford. Now first printed from original mss. Edited, with notes, by the Rt. Hon. R. Vernon Smith.
  • Published: London, R. Bentley, 1848.

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22 848

Acquired May 2019

Mémoires de monsieur le b[ar]on Pergami

Mémoires de monsieur le b[ar]on Pergami . Title page

  • Author: Bergami, Bartolomeo Bergami, Baron.
  • Title: Mémoires de monsieur le b[ar]on Pergami : chambellan, chevalier de Malte, chevalier du Saint-Sépulcre, etc. / traduits d’après le manuscrit italien par M. ***.
  • Publication: Paris : Brissot-Thivars, rue Neuve-des-Petits-Champs, No. 22 ; Ponthieu, Libraire, Palais-Royal, galerie de bois, No. 201 ; Leroy, au Cabinet littéraire, passage Beaujolais, rue Richelieu, No. 52, 1820.

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53 B445 820

Acquired July 2018


Mary Isabella Marchioness of Granby

portrait of Mary Isabella Marchioness of Granby

Portrait of Mary Isabella Manners when Lady Granby; bust-length, directed slightly right; wearing feathers and pearls in her hair; in a decorated oval. Court beauties ; no. 9

  • Title: Mary Isabella Marchioness of Granby [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Publish’d by R. Baldwin, April 1st, 1776.

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Portraits Box 83

Acquired February 2019


The representation of Thomas Topham the strong man

The representation of Thomas Topham the strong man. Detailed description below

“Portrait of Thomas Topham, taken on 28 May 1741; full length, standing slightly to right on high scaffold, preparing to lift three hogsheads full of water in Bath Street, London, in honour of Admiral Vernon’s attack to capture Cartagena; after a drawing by Leigh.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Toms, W. H. (William Henry), approximately 1700-1765, printmaker.
  • Title: The representation of Thomas Topham the strong man [graphic] : who lifted three hogsheads of water, weighing 1836 £, the 28th of May 1741, in honour to Admiral Vernon : before thousands of people, in Bath-Street, Cold-Bath-Fields / C. Leigh delin. 1741.
  • Publication: [London] : Publish’d according to act of Parliament, June 29, 1741, and sold by W.H. Toms, engraver, in Union Court, Holbourn, [29 June 1741]

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Acquired November 2018

The true effigies of a city sword bearer

The true effigies of a city sword bearer. Detailed description below.

Satirical portrait of William Pickett, Lord Mayor of London for 1789; three-quarter length, seated; wearing the ceremonial gown and with a City of London sword hanging in the background; within a border composed of plates, cups, saucers, mugs, kettles, and a chamber pot, with two bears in the corners; a fire extinguisher and a string of “India crackers” hang below the border.

  • Title: The true effigies of a city sword bearer [graphic] / W. fecit.
  • Publication: [London] : Publishd. according to act of Parliament, June 1st, 1789, by E. Harding, [1 June 1789]

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Acquired November 2018