Vitae quorundam eruditissimorum et illustrium virorum

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Horace Walpole’s copy with his armorial bookplate.

  • Author: Smith, Thomas, 1638-1710.
  • Title: Vitae quorundam eruditissimorum et illustrium virorum : Quorum nomina extant in pagina sequenti / scriptore Thoma Smitho.
  • Published: Londini : apud Davidem Mortier in via dicta de Strand ad insigne Erasmi, 1707.

Catalog Record

49 860

Acquired August 2004

Slight of hand by a monkey, or, The lady’s head unloaded

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 A lady walking along a high orchard wall has her enormous headdress, trimmed with lace and ribbons, pulled from her head by a monkey perched atop the wall. She clasps her hand to her bare head, a look of surprise on her face. A man perched on a ladder picking apples in the orchard looks over the wall in amusement at the scene. A butcher’s boy with a large tray stands in the street equally amused by the scene.

  • Title: Slight of hand by a monkey, or, The lady’s head unloaded [graphic].
  • Published: [London : Printed for Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse No. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London, published as the act directs, 25 Oct. 1776]

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Acquired April 2003

To the worthy inhabitants of the Parish of All Soul’s District

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Printed handbill with ornamental border soliciting funds and warning against persons who “go about with intent to defraud us and impose upon you … “

  • Author: Harris, William
  • Title: To the worthy inhabitants of the Parish of All Soul’s District, Marylebone : we the regular dustmen of this parish, in the employ of Mr. John Gore, make humble application to you for a Christmas box which you are usually so kind as to give, we bring our token, which is a copper medal … / William Harris ; Thomas Worley.
  • Published: [London : Beckett, printer, 45 Marylebone Lane, 1823.]

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File 63 823 H317

Acquired December 2007

Reflection: to be, or not to be?


George IV, looking into a full length mirror, is startled by the sight of the likeness of his estranged wife, Caroline looking back at him over the shoulder of his reflection in the mirror. He wears a crown, his coronet and feathers discarded on the floor beside him. The carpet, chair, and table-cloth are decorated with the Royal Arms.

  • Printmaker: Cruikshank, Robert, 1789-1856, printmaker.
  • Title: Reflection [graphic] : to be, or not to be?

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Acquired July 2007

Italian picture dealers humbuging my lord Anglaise

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  • Printmaker: Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, printmaker.
  • Title: Italian picture dealers humbuging my lord Anglaise [graphic] / Rowlandson.
  • Published: [London : Pubd. May 30, 1812 by T. Rowlandson, N. 1 James Street, Adelphi, 30 May 1812]

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812.05.30.01 Impression 2

Acquired 2005

The striking likeness

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An artist (left) with a caricatured face looks on with horror as a bust falls on the head of the Lord, the sitter, who jumps and shrieks with pain, his foot breaking the window (right). In the background the Lord’s round, well-dressed wife looks on in horror. Sketch on verso in pencil shows a boxer with gloves in a fighting stance. The figures in ink on recto, the artist and his lordship, bleed-through the image on verso.

  • Creator:Grant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852, artist.
  • Title:The striking likeness [drawing] / C.J. Grant.
  • Created:[London, between 1830 and 1852?]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Drawings G761 no. 1 Box123

Acquired November 2013

Catastrophe mundi, or, Merlin reviv’d

Horace Walpole’s copy with his shelfmark.

  • Author: Learned pen.
  • Title: Catastrophe mundi, or, Merlin reviv’d : in a discourse of prophecies & predictions, and their remarkable accomplishment. With Mr. Lilly’s hieroglyphicks exactly cut … As also a collection of all the antient (reputed) prophecies that are extant, touching the grand revolutions like to happen in these latter ages / by a Learned Pen.
  • Published: London : Printed and are to be sold by John How at south west corner of the Royal Exchange in Cornhill, and Thomas Malthus at the Sun in the Poultrey, 1683.

Catalog Record

49 2352

Acquired October 2013

A true and perfect inventory of … Robert Clark … of Arlingham

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Manuscript, in a single hand, dated and signed by the two appraisers, Thomas Watts and Thomas Roberts. The inventory includes the deceased’s clothes, furniture, household goods, and tools. The value totaled £13.9.3.

  • Title: A true and perfect inventory of the goods and chattles of Robert Clark of this parish of Arlingham in the county of Gloucester, blacksmith, deceased …, 1738 September 26.

Catalog record

LWL Mss File 95

Acquired July 2012