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

The cradle hymn

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“Heading to a broadside printed in two columns. The King, a bloated and whiskered infant, sleeps in a cradle, rocked by Sidmouth (right), a lean old woman wearing a cap and bag-wig, who sits in a rocking-chair, his clyster-pipe (cf. British Museum Satires No. 9849) on the ground. The cradle is surmounted by a pagoda with bells, and ornamented by two large crocodiles, representing the Chinese dragons of the Pavilion, cf. British Museum Satires No. 12749. On it are also a sun, with a fool’s cap in its disk, between crescent moons. Round the cradle lie toys: soldiers, mounted lancers, &c., on wheels, a cannon, a sceptre, a crown with a toy windmill stuck in it. With these are papers: ‘Divorce’; ‘Protocal’ [sic]; ‘Send her to Hell’. The infant holds a coral and bells and a corkscrew. Castlereagh sits over the fire warming a napkin. Canning (see British Museum Satires No. 13737) walks off to the left, disgustedly carrying the pan of a commode decorated with a crown and ‘G.R.’ On the chimneypiece are pap-boat, bottle of ‘Dolby’s Carminative, &c’. (Dolby was a radical bookseller, ‘Dalby’s carminative’ a well-known remedy for infants). A large ‘Green Bag’ hangs on the wall. In a doorway behind Sidmouth, inscribed ‘French Dolls’, stand two young women, in evening dress, stiff and impassive.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Cruikshank, Robert, 1789-1856, printmaker.
  • Title: The cradle hymn [graphic] : new version / I.R. Cruikshank fecit.
  • Publication: [London] : Published by T. Dolby, 299, Strand, and 34, Wardour Street, Soho, [ca. July 1820]

Catalog Record

820.07.00.01

Acquired November 2021

John Broughton, prize fighter

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“Copy of a man with shaven head (James Figg) in casual dress, holding quarter-staff in his right hand and round-brimmed hat in the left, standing whole length to front in a landscape, with head tilted to right, glancing towards the viewer, smiling with lips parted; after a painting by Hogarth in a private collection.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Ross, F., active 1828-1849, printmaker.
  • Title: John Broughton, prize fighter [graphic] : from the original picture (of the same size) by William Hogarth, in the collection of Henry Ralph Willett, Esqre. of Merly House, in the County of Dorset / W. Hogarth ; F. Ross.
  • Publication: London : Published for the proprietor March 25th, 1842, by W. & G. Smith, 24 Lisle Street, Leicester Square, [25 March 1842]
  • Manufacture: [London] : C. Graf, lith. to Her Majesty

Catalog Record

842.00.00.07+

Acquired December 2021

Arnold, engraver & copper-plate printer

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Trade card of the engraver and copper plate printer Francis Arnold. At center is a detailed vignette of a printer’s workshop with two workers, one engaged in the process of engraving a copper plate and the other at the printing press, with sheets drying above and bind sheets at his feet. Engraved text on either side of the vignette lists some of the products offered: “Invoice heads, address cards, arms, crests, &c. &c.”; and “Manufacturers patterns engraved and printed.”

  • Creator: Arnold, Francis, approximately 1772-1829.
  • Title: Arnold, engraver & copper-plate printer, No. 8, Bath Street, Birmingham [graphic].
  • Publication: [Birmingham, England] : [Francis Arnold], [not before 1818]

Catalog Record

File 66 818 Ar742

Acquired November 2021

T.F. Salter, hat maker, at the Gold Laced Hat and Fame

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Trade card of Thomas Frederick Salter, a milliner who ran several shops in London during the late eighteenth century and first half of the nineteenth century. The shopfront of his longest-standing premises at 47 Charing Cross is depicted at the bottom of the card, its windows full of hats in various styles, mostly men’s hats. At the top of the card a depiction of the process of hat making, showing a team of men working on different elements of the manufacturing process.

  • Creator: Salter, T. F. (Thomas Frederick), active 1814-1826.
  • Title: T.F. Salter, hat maker, at the Gold Laced Hat and Fame, 47 Charing Cross, London [graphic] : military & naval hats / Carpenter sculpt.
  • Publication: [London] : [T.F. Salter], [between 1793 and 1843]

Catalog Record

File 66 793 Sa176

Acquired November 2021

Maps and prints sold and fram’d for parlors

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A trade card advertising the services provided by the printseller and picture restorer Robert Hulton, whose shop was at on the corner of Pall Mall facing the Haymarket. A medley print with text in image on the left “Paintings, prints & Indian picktures [sic] carfully [sic] clean’d. mended and lined” and on the right “The following particulars made & sold very cheap by Rt. Hulton at the corner of Pallmall facing [the] Hay-markett, St. James’s, London.

  • Title: Maps and prints sold and fram’d for parlors, staircases and closets at reasonable rates [graphic] : merchants or other dealers in towne or country may be furnished whole sale or retaile at [the] lowest prizes.
  • Publication: [London] : [Robert Hulton], [not after 1743]

Catalog Record

File 66 743 M297

Acquired November 2021

A merry Christmas & a happy new year in London

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A pedestrian struggles through deep slushy snow, facing driving snow, with a broken umbrella, the spokes projecting through the cover. He clutches at his cloak and hat; he wears gaiters to the knee with socks over them, and overshoes. Cape and comforter stream behind him. In the background are two buildings. Other figures also struggling through the snow are faintly etched in the distance.

  • Title: merry Christmas & a happy new year in London [graphic].
  • Publication: [London?] : [publisher not identified], [not before 1825]

Catalog Record

825.00.00.127

Acquired February 2022

The Royal Family of Great Britain

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A group portrait of George III, Queen Charlotte, and their thirteen surviving children each numbered with a key below. The youngest children play with kites and marbles. In the background Princess Amelia (the youngest) jumps into the arms of her brother, Prince Ernest Augustus. The older members of the family form small groupings that are engaged in conversation. In the foreground are books, charts, and globes, suggesting their education and cultural pursuits.

  • Title: The Royal Family of Great Britain [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Printed and sold by Carington Bowles, No. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London, [ca. 1785?]

Catalog Record

785.00.00.119

Acquired February 2022

Tight lacing

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An elderly lady with towering coiffure topped with feathers and ribbons holds tightly to the post of a canopy bed, as her equally old and ugly maid, bracing a foot on the lady’s cork rump, tightens her stays

  • Title: Tight lacing [graphic] / RS [monogram] ; J.H.
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. 5 Marh. 1777 by W. Humphrey, Gerrard Street, Soho …, [5 March 1777]

Catalog Record

777.03.05.01.1

Acquired July 2021

Archd. Robertson, print-seller and drawing-master

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“Trade card of Archibald Robertson, drawing master, at Savill Row Passage, adjoining Squib’s Auction Room; a street with Robertson’s shop to the right, figures on the pavement, an arched passageway at the end of the street; in oval with figures at the bottom corners; text below.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Creator: Robertson, Archibald, 1765-1835.
  • Title: Archd. Robertson, print-seller and drawing-master, in Savill Row Passage, adjoining Squib’s auction room [graphic] : sells great variety of Italian, French and Dutch prints and drawings; best Swiss-crayons, variety of drawing paper, port crayons, all sorts of Italian and French chalks …
  • Publication: [London] : [Archibald Robertson], [ca. 1777]

Catalog Record

File 66 777 R649

Acquired November 2021