Royal Minor Theatre. Jacob Twigg’s night

printed playbill

  • Author: Royal Minor Theatre (Manchester, England)
  • Title: Royal Minor Theatre. Jacob Twigg’s night. Mr. Hudspeth begs leave most respectfully to announce to his native townsmen, and the patrons of the Minor-Theatre in general that Monday evening, Dec. 14th 1829, is appointed for his first benefit … : The performance will commence with a burletta called Spanish jealousy, or, Like master like man … In the course of the evening the following entertainments. … Mr. England and Mr. Gale will perform Nieuwe! Nieuwe! Nieuwe Carpoie Coonahick Akeaughkaugitok Ahtowetah Ahtowetah consisting of the mode of Hunting War and Festival dance of the Huron Indians … After which will be performed for the first time these four years the highly interesting melo drama Gilderoy, or, The Catteran chief … The whole to conclude with the highly interesting and truly successful nautica drama of Black eyed Susan …
  • Publication: Manchester [England] : Printed by J.F. Boyer, No. 12, Market Place, [1829]

Catalog Record

File 767 P69B R888++

Acquired September 2023

Mrs. Wrighten

description below

“Portrait of Mrs. Frances Wrighten, half-length, directed to right, facing to front, holding sheet music, hair high and decorated with pearls; oval frame with lettering underneath and a motif of musical instruments that intrudes into the frame; after Dighton, from a set of twelve theatrical portraits.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Laurie, Robert, 1755-1836, printmaker.
  • Title: [Mrs. Wrighten] [graphic] / R. Dighton pinx. ; R. Laurie sc.
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. as the act directs March 1st, 1780, by W. Richardson, No. 68 High Holborn, [1 March 1780]

Catalog Record

780.03.01.07

Acquired July 2023

Houghton family leases and library catalogue

manuscript volume

A manuscript in an unidentified hand, containing nine detailed leases given by John Houghton of Bramerton during the 1750s and 1760s, five with maps of the properties concerned, written in the same hand and dated 1756 to 1763. All of the maps were “copied 1764,” but each referencing earlier surveys done between 1728 and 1742.
At the back of the volume and turned over, written on the first four leaves in a different unidentified hand is a library catalog with the heading “Folio, a catalogue of 95 titles (104 volumes) on pages ruled with four columns. The number of the volume is recorded in the first column, the author’s last name and title or just the title in the second column, and the place and date of publication in the third and fourth column, respectively. Titles include literature, religion, geography, history, dictionaries, travel, and legal works, mostly in English or English translation but also several in French. There are also references to a manuscript journal.

  • Author: Houghton family, of Bramerton Hall.
  • Title: Houghton family leases and library catalogue : manuscript.
  • Production: Bramerton, England, between 1750 and 1763?

Catalog Record

LWL Mss Vol. 287

Acquired September 2023

Pure loyalty

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A man stands beside a public water pump holding the ladle that is chained to the pump. Looking straight at the viewer, he toasts the King with water from the ladle. Below the image are the words “Pure loyalty. Here’s a health to the King God bless him.”

  • Title: Pure loyalty [graphic] : here’s a health to the King God bless him / J.W.G.
  • Publication: [London] : Published by G. Tregear, 123 Cheapside, London, 1830.
  • Manufacture: [London] : Dean & Munday’s Lithoy., Threadneedle St.

Catalog Record

830.00.00.168

Acquired August 2023

All among the Hottentots – capering a shore

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King William IV dressed as a sailor dances in the centre of a semicircle of ministers who have black bodies and are partially draped. Among the ministers are Peel and Scarlett on the left, Lyndhurst and Wellington on the right both of whom wear nose-rings. Scarlett encircles Ellenborough, who, with Sugden, is behind the King. Their tribal dance celebration alludes to the relief that the ministers must have felt to be able to retain their positions with the new reign. William IV was a popular King and a stark contrast to George IV and was liable to wild bursts of passion as is suggested here. He and the Duke of Wellington (then prime minister) got on very well, hence the retainment of his ministers. He is dressed in sailor garb in reference to his years in the navy. The tribal dress of the ministers refers to the far-flung shores that William visited.

  • Printmaker: Heath, William, 1795-1840, printmaker.
  • Title: All among the Hottentots – capering a shore [graphic] / W. Heath.
  • Publication: [London] : Pub. July 19, 1830, by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket, [19 July 1830]

Catalog Record

830.07.19.01+

Acquired May 2023

Engravings of an historical fact of a Swiss shepherd…

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This set of prints were advertised in the December 1817 newspaper as “A series of Engravings in Seven Parts, representing the sufferings of a Swiss Shepherd during the revolution of that country, and intended as illustrations of the Lord’s Prayer. Printed on Royal Quarto, price 10s. 6d”. In Ackermann’s own The Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions (Vol. IV, December 1st, 1817), they are listed in the catalogue under “Intelligence, Literary, Scientific” prints and are described as “Engravings of an historical fact of a Swiss Shepherd during the revolution of that country…”

  • Title: [Engravings of an historical fact of a Swiss shepherd during the revolution of that country] [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Published Jany. 1, 1818, at R. Ackermann’s, 101, Strand, London, [1 January 1818]

Catalog Record

818.01.01.05

Acquired July 2023

Gazette Extraordinary! A glorious action!

printed text

A satire, using a naval metaphor, on the trial of Queen Caroline. ‘Dispatches have this day received, announcing a glorious and desperate action, which was fought off St. Stephen’s Bay, in which the vessels engaged were the Carolina, Captain Wood, the other parts of the division were brought into action by Lieutenant Browham and Dingman. The Caslteair, a 74, was commanded by the gallant Loverpool, Elden, and Sid. …’

  • Title: Gazette Extraordinary! A glorious action! Between the Carolina, a true blue frigate; and the Castleair, a first rate man of war.
  • Publication: [England] : [publisher not identified], [1820]

Catalog Record

File 53 C292 820Ga

Acquired July 2023

Memoirs of Prince Leopold, from his first arrival in England

printed text with description below

Illustrations: Engraved frontispiece portrait of Leopold, “sketched & engraved by G. Cruikshank.”–Woodcut title-vignette depicting Leopold weeping over the casket of his wife

  • Title: Memoirs of Prince Leopold, from his first arrival in England : with a variety of anecdotes of the Princess Charlotte, now first collected / by the editor of Hone’s editions of the “Life,” “Death,” & “Funeral,” of Her Royal Highness, to which this publication is a sequel.
  • Publication: London : Printed by and for William Hone, 67, Old Bailey, three doors from Ludgate Hill, 1817.

Catalog Record

53 L587 817

Acquired July 2023

A collection of twenty-four caricatures

printed text

  • Title: A collection of twenty-four caricatures : which have appeared in Paris since the late revolution ; with an introduction and explanatory remarks annexed to each plate.
  • Publication: London : Chalres Tilt, 86, Fleet Street, MDCCCXXXI [1831]
  • Manufacture: Paris : Printed by Fain, Rue, Racine, no. 4, Place de l’Odeon

Catalog Record

82 831C

Acquired July 2023

They took her away

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A young woman presumably a prostitute, bare breasted and with a dejected look on her face, is being led up the steps of a building by a beadle or constable, her head bowed in shame. Her infant has been left in the arms of an older woman, stands at the base of the stairs on the right. Another, older child, seated on a lower step in the foreground, looks up at the scene. The building has barred windows.

  • Artist: Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, artist.
  • Title: [They took her away] [art original] / T. Rowlandson.
  • Production: [England], [late 18th century?]

Catalog Record

Drawings R79 no. 23 Box D207

Acquired June 2023