The great general frightened by Don Key

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Wellington takes a flying stride from a braying ass (right) with tail erect and its feet firmly planted. His hair rises, his top-hat falls off, and he looks behind him to say: ‘Oh save me, save, Bob, run tell the King!’ The donkey (Key) brays ‘fe . fa . fum’. It wears a heavy chain and is draped by a furred livery gown marked with the City Arms.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Heath, Henry, active 1824-1850, printmaker.
  • Title: The great general frightened by Don Key [graphic] / H. Heath fe.
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. 1830 by S.W. Fores, 41 Piccadilly, [November 1830]

Catalog Record

830.11.00.02+

Acquired March 2020

Observations on the tea and window act

title page

  • Author: Twining, Richard, 1749-1824, author.
  • Title: Observations on the tea and window act, and on the tea trade / by Richard Twining.
  • Edition: The third edition.
  • Publication: London : Printed for T. Cadell, in the Strand, MDCCLXXXV [1785]

Catalog Record

53 T92 785

Acquired April 2020

A circumstantial journal of the long and tedious blockade

title page

  • Author: Ancell, Samuel, -1802, author.
  • Title: A circumstantial journal of the long and tedious blockade and siege of Gibraltar : from the 12th of September, 1779 (the day the garrison opened their batteries against the Spaniards) to the 23d day of February, 1783 : containing an authentic account of the most remarkable transactions, in which the enemy’s motions, works approaches, firings, &c. are particularly described : in a series of letters, from the author to his brother / by S. Ancell, of the 58th Regiment.
  • Publication: Liverpool : Printed by Charles Wosencroft, MDCCLXXXIV [1784]

Catalog Record

63 784 An538

Acquired June 2020

Truth, justice, and gratitude

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A satire on the legal case between two purveyor’s of medical ointments Felix Albinolo and Thomas Holloway in the form of a dialogue between Mr. Bull, Mr. Murphy, Mr. Sawney; with an image with a cartouche “Albinolo’s, or, The St. Come et St. Damien (brothers & physicians.) Ointment, 23 Earl Street, Blackfriars, London.” decorated with an eye (all-seeing?) at the top, snakes on the side, and a lion at the bottom.

 

  • PrintmakerGrant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852, printmaker.
  • Title: Truth, justice, and gratitude [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : [B.D. Cousins], [31 August 1839]

Catalog Record

839.08.31.01

November 2020

The accomplished letter-writer; or, Universal correspondent

title page

  • Title: The accomplished letter-writer; or, Universal correspondent. : Containing familiar letters on the most common occasions in life. Also a variety of more elegant letters for examples and improvement of style, from the best modern authors, together with many originals, on business, duty, amusement, affection, courtship, marriage, friendship, and other subjects. To which is prefixed a compendious grammar of the English tongue. Also a table of the clerk-like contraction of words, for the dispatch of business; and the proper mode of addressing people of all ranks, either in writing or discourse; and some necessary orthographical directions. With a selection of some beautiful poetical epistles, and various forms of polite messages.
  • Published: London: : Printed for T. Caslon, in Stationers’-Court, and J. Ashburner, in Kendal., 1779.

Catalog Record

53 Ac172 779

Acquired January 2020

An account of the signals made use of at Bambrough Castle

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Broadside, with engravings of Bamburgh Castle at head, and caption title

 

  • Author: Lord Crewe’s Charity.
  • Title: An account of the signals made use of at Bambrough Castle in the county of Northumberland in case ships or vessels are perceived in distress, and of the charitable institutions established there for their assistance and relief, now published by the direction of the Trustees of Nathanael late Lord Crewe, with the approbation of the Master, pilots, and seamen of the Trinity-house, in Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • Published: Newcastle upon Tyne : Printed and sold by T. Saint ; and sold by J. Wheble … London, [1771?]

Catalog Record

File 63 771 Ac172++

Acquired September 2020

A political reflection

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“George IV as the ‘Great Babe’ lies asleep in his cradle rocked by Lady Conyngham, while Wellington, seated before a pier-glass, places the crown on his own head. The glass reflects the dark emaciated features of British Museum Satires No. 15520. The Duke wears uniform with boots and sword. On a table below the glass the sceptre and orb lie on a cushion. Lady Conyngham, with a towering coiffure as in British Museum Satires No. 15508, croons: Oh slumber my darling | The time may soon come | When thy rest may be broken | By Trumpet & Drum [the last three words in large letters]. The infant sucks a thumb; a gouty foot projects from the coverlet. On the floor is a line of toys: a sailing boat on wheels, a model of Buckingham Palace reconstructed by Nash as in British Museum Satires No. 15668, a giraffe (see British Museum Satires No. 15425), a Life Guard on a toy horse, a Foot-Guard, a dismantled or unfinished ship resting on a prostrate toy soldier. A napkin on a towel-horse (right) indicates a nursery.”–British Museum online catalogue.

 

  • Printmaker: Heath, William, 1795-1840, printmaker.
  • Title: A political reflection [graphic] / [man with an umbrella] Esqr.
  • Publication: [London] : Pub. by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket, London, [ca. February 1828]

Catalog Record

828.02.00.05+

Acquired June 2020

The Ram’s Head Inn

men in a tavern

A scene in a tavern with a pair of inebriated men sitting on a bench in front of fireplace, smoking pipes and drinking from tankards, a dog at their feet. Another man from the next booth leans over the wall to engage them in conversation which they seem not to enjoy. In the next booth (right) a group of four men play cards while a fifth looks on.

 

  • Artist: Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, artist.
  • Title: [The Ram’s Head Inn] [art original].
  • Production: [England], [ca. 1785]

Catalog Record

Drawings R79 no.16 Box 2

Acquired August 2020

Loose principles

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“Fox rises from a close-stool; Sheridan (left) is about to apply a syringe, inscribed ‘R——ts [Regent’s] Clyster’, to his rectum. Burke (right), wearing a Jesuit’s biretta (cf. British Museum Satires No. 6026), gropes in the close-stool, holding in his left hand its lid, inscribed ‘Not searching from Precedents but Consequences’ (a characteristic dictum); he says, “To Ordure – Ordure” (Burke was often called to order for his speeches on the Regency, cf. British Museum Satires No. 7499, &c). Fox says, “Exegi Monumentum cere perennias, or the finishing Stroke” (perhaps an allusion to the revolution Pillar, see British Museum Satires No. 7396). In his hand is a paper inscribed ‘Magna Charta Non Posteris sed Posterioribus’; his posterior is inscribed ‘Patriotic Bum’ and ‘Vox Populi’. He stands on a paper inscribed ‘Resolutions of P——l——t.’ Sheridan is ‘Principal Promoter of loose Principles’; under his right foot is an open book: ‘Congreve Plays School for Scandal’, probably implying plagiarism by Sheridan (cf. Moore, ‘Life of Sheridan’, p. 180, where resemblances between ‘The School for Scandal’ and ‘The Double Dealer’ are noted). The background is a library wall: a book-case containing folio volumes in some disorder is flanked by scowling busts of ‘Wat Tyler’ and ‘Jack Kade’. The books are inscribed: ‘The Laws of Pharaoh’ (Faro, cf. British Museum Satires No. 5972), ‘Political Prints’, ‘Life of Oliver Cromwell’ (cf. British Museum Satires No. 6380, &c), ‘Cataline’ (cf. British Museum Satires No. 6784), ‘Memoirs of Sam House’.”–British Museum online catalogue.

 

  • Printmaker: Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, printmaker.
  • Title: Loose principles [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. Jany. 21, 1789, by S. Fores, No. 3 Piccadilly, [21 January 1789]

Catalog Record

789.01.21.01+

Acquired May 2020