The combat

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Satire on the conflict between artists campaigning for a public academy and those who were opposed. William Hogarth (A), shown as the leader of the latter group, rides a peacock. He is followed by (B) probably intended for the journalist Bonnell Thornton, dressed as Mercury, holding a paper lettered “Sr by G[o]d they laugh at us”, and (C) Thomas Burgess, a young artist “who etch’d the Club of Artists” [BM Satires 3278]; (D) consists of a group of young followers sheltering behind the peacock’s tail. Opposite them stands another group, a “New Club”, led by (E) the “Chairman” holding a gavel, probably Francis Hayman, and (F) an older man holding a candle described as a “comic Poet study’d Painter and Chapman”. Behind them stand (G), “a Swiss Operator”, (H) “a great Projector”, (I) “Toast Master General” and others only partly visible; those at the back of this group have peacock feathers in their hats. On the ground between the groups sits (T) “a late Author & Publisher of Scandal”. To the right, a child (U) holding a lantern has climbed a tree in search of “Impartiality”. Above flies Fame (W) “inspiring the Heros”. A zodiacal arc on the left includes a pair of clasped hands (a symbol for mutual trust) lettered “Unknown”.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Burgess, Thomas, approximately 1730-1791, printmaker.
  • Title: The combat [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [1754?]

Catalog Record

754.00.00.03

Acquired April 2022

No. [blank]. Excise-Office, at [blank] in [blank]

printed form with handwritten notations

Receipt for payment of carriage tax

  • Title: No. [blank]. Excise-Office, at [blank] in [blank] Distt. [blank] Colln. [blank] 1748.
  • Publication: [England] : [Excise Office], [1748]

Catalog Record

File 66 748 R297

Acquired October 2021

Portrait of G.F. Handel, from a painting by Hogarth

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“Portrait of G.F. Handel, from a painting by Hogarth, then in the etcher’s collection; bust directed to the right, looking towards the viewer, in fur-trimmed cap and coat.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Read, David Charles, 1790-1851, printmaker.
  • Title: [Portrait of G.F. Handel, from a painting by Hogarth] [graphic].
  • Publication: [Salisbury, England] : [David Charles Read], [not after 1830]

Catalog Record

830.00.00.164+

Acquired January 2022

Private view : Monday, June 23d, 1828

printed card

  • Creator: National Repository (London, England)
  • Title: Private view : Monday, June 23d, 1828.
  • Publication: [London] : Howlett and Brimmer, printers in gold to the Society of Arts, Frith Street, Soho, [1828]

Catalog Record

File 66 828 N277

Acquired November 2021

A view of the canal, Chinese building, rotunde, in Ranelagh Gardens

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A view of Ranelagh Gardens during a masquarade, with the revellers wearing masks. After a design by Canaletto. For an engraving of the same scene in reverse, published by Robert Sayer in 1752, see British Museum online catalogue, registration no.: 1880,1113.2450.

  • Title: A view of the canal, Chinese building, rotunde [sic], in Ranelagh Gardens, with masquarade [sic] [graphic] = Vüe du canal, du batiment chinois, de la rotunda, &c. des Jardins de Ranelagh, un jour de masquarade / […?] sculp.
  • Publication: [France?] : [publisher not identified], [ca. 1765]

Catalog Record

765.00.00.94+

Acquired April 2022

A catalogue of new and useful maps, curious & entertaining prints….

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“Frontispiece for ‘A Catalogue of News and Useful Maps Curious and Entertaining Prints, Books of Architecture, Great Variety of Drawing Books in all the Branches of Penmanship And the best of each Kind’; title on scroll, surrounded by prints and maps.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Title: A catalogue of new and useful maps, curious & entertaining prints, books of architecture, great variety of drawing books on the best principles from the greatest masters, copy books in all the branches of penmanship, and the best of each kind, printed for Robt. Sayer at the Golden Buck near Serjeants Inn, Fleetstreet, London [graphic] : where mercheants, gentlemen, and shopkeepers, &c. may be supplied on the best terms.
  • Publication: [London] : [Robert Sayer], [ca. 1766]

Catalog Record

File 66 766 C357

Acquired November 2021

Wm. Clement, bookseller & stationer

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Engraved trade card, illustrated with books and quills and ornamental garland.

  • Creator: Clement, William, -1839, bookseller.
  • Title: Wm. Clement, bookseller & stationer, No. 201 Strand, (opposite St. Clements Church). : News papers served in town, and regularly sent to all parts of England postage free. Copper plate engraving and printing in the neatest manner, books elegantly bound and carefully packed for exportation.
  • Publication: [London] : [William Clement], [between 1801 and 1810]

Catalog Record

File 66 801 C626

Acquired November 2021

The general simple interest table

printed text

A compendious table for finding in a decimal expression the interest of any sum for one day at 5% per ann. and so for any rate

  • Author: Hundeshagen, Thomas, author, publisher.
  • Title: The general simple interest table / Hundeshagen scrip. ; Bickham sculp.
  • Publication: [London] : Publish’d 26 March 1741 by Thomas Hundeshagen at the Hand and Pen in Salisbury Street, in the Strand …, [26 March 1741]

Catalog Record

File 66 741 H933

Acquired June 2020