High life at five in the morning

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Print shows an interior view of a room; a duke has arrived home drunk at 5 a.m. (as shown on the longcase clock beside the door) accompanied by two attendants and watchman only to find his bedchamber occupied by another man. Through the open curtains around the bed can be seen a bare-breasted duchess. On the floor near the bed is an open book, “Memoirs of a woman of pleasure” (a reference to John Cleland’s Fanny Hill …) beside the chamber pot. As the duke with sword drawn, staggers forward, his rival climbs through a window in the background, leaving his clothes behind on a chair. A monkey dashes onto the table near the window on the heels of the husband’s rival but pulls down the tablecloth causing the items on the table to be strewn across the floor in the foreground; a book opened to pages “Chastity in the nobility a farce. Dedicated to their Graces the Duke & Dutchess xxx”, breaking a broken mirror, and sending the bottles and jars onto the floor. The bottles have labels “Viper drops” and “Surfeit water” and the jar is labeled “Lip salve”.

  • Title: High life at five in the morning [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], publish’d according to act of Parliament, May 1st, 1769.

Catalog Record

769.05.01.01+

Acquired February 2022

View of the Twickenham bank of the Thames

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A view from Richmond of the Twickenham bank of the Thames, showing (left to right) Pope’s villa, Lady Ferrers’ summer house, Cross Deep, and Dr. Batty’s house (later Poulett Lodge).

  • Creator: Heckel, Augustin, approximately 1690-1770, artist.
  • Title: [View of the Twickenham bank of the Thames] [art original].
  • Production: [England], [ca. 1750]

Catalog Record

Drawings H448 no.1

Acquired February 2022

New Rooms Hanover Square, the Concert of antient music

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A ticket issued by the Concert of Antient Music in 1812, for an event held at the Hanover Square Rooms in London. In the center, a bust in profile looking left, within oval lettered ‘New Rooms Hanover Square, The Concert of Antient Music‘ and surmounted by musical instruments; date ‘1812’ above.

  • Printmaker: Cooper, Robert, active 1795-1836, printmaker.
  • Title: New Rooms Hanover Square, the Concert of antient music [graphic] / Robt. Cooper scult.
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], 1812.

Catalog Record

File 74 812 C778

Acquired February 2022

View at the entrance into Vaux Hall

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“View inside Vauxhall Gardens; the Grand Walk on the left looking down towards the obelisk; the orchestra to the right and pavillions on either side; elegantly dressed figures in gardens.”–British Museum online catalogue

  • Printmaker: Simpson, T., active 1763-1768, printmaker.
  • Title: View at the entrance into Vaux Hall [graphic] / S. Wale delin. ; T. Simpson sculp.
  • Publication: [London] : [Edward and Charles Dilly], [1766]

Catalog Record

766.00.00.70

Acquired October 2021

George 1st Marquess Townshend

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“Portrait, half-length, seated to front, with head turned to look to left, his right forearm leaning on a table, holding a telescope; wearing armour, and folded fabric draped over his right shoulder; curtain at left; after Joshua Reynolds (Mannings 1762).”–British Museum online catalogue, description of scratched-letter state.

  • Printmaker: Josey, Richard, approximately 1841-1906, printmaker.
  • Title: George 1st Marquess Townshend [graphic] : from the original picture in the possession of Robert Lovell Gwatkin Esqre. / Sir Joshua Reynolds ; T. Jose [sic].
  • Publication: London : Henry Graves & Compy., 6 Pall Mall, 1866.

Catalog Record 

Portraits T753G no.1

Acquired June 2021

Townsend the umpire of love

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“Townsend, the Bow Street Officer, holding up his constable’s staff, chases a man away from a country house, a corner of which appears on the right. A third man, Wellesley-Pole, shelters behind the constable, stretching out his arms towards his fleeing rival; he turns his head to listen to a pretty young woman who stands on a small iron balcony immediately behind him, with an open sash-window behind her. She says: “Risk not thy Precious life my Love in bold encounter with that dareing Scott.” He answers: “no no my dear I’ll shelter me behind the arm of Justice, & hunt him from his Scent by one of the most famous Bull Dogs in the Kingdom, & teach him never never to Dare to woo the [sic] from my Longing Arms Oh thou Golden Angel.” A paper inscribed ‘Scot’ projects from the fugitive’s pocket. Townsend says: “I’ll teach you worsted working rascall to dare to set up in opposition to the Irish Secretary D-n your Impudence.” A signpost points (left) to ‘Norwhich’ and (right) ‘To Chippenham’.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Heath, William, 1795-1840, printmaker.
  • Title: Townsend the umpire of love, or, The Poled Scott hunted off after a long struggle [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Pub. Jan. 7, 1812, by S.W. Fores, 50 Picadilli [sic], [7 January 1812]

Catalog Record

812.01.07.01

Acquired February 2022

The Honble. Colonel Townshend

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“Portrait of George Townshend standing three-quarter length slightly to left and leaning his right elbow on pedestal beside curtain, eyes to front, wearing uniform, his own hair curled, holding paper in his right hand labelled ‘A Bill Intituled, An Act for the Better Order of the Militia Forces.”–British Museum online catalogue, description of an earlier state.

  • Printmaker: McArdell, James, approximately 1729-1765, printmaker.
  • Title: The Honble. Colonel Townshend [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [not before 1764]

Catalog Record

Portraits T753G no.2

Acquired June 2021

The progress of the Empress Josephine

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“A sequence of eight libellous representations arranged in two rows, each with a caption. (1) She is stout, homely, and rather truculent as ‘A Planters Daughter.’ (2) As a clumsy and bejewelled parvenue she is ‘A French Countess’. (3) In weeds she holds a handkerchief to one eye: ‘A Widow.’ (4) Elegantly dressed, she holds out heavily shackled wrists: ‘A Prisoner’. (5) Similarly dressed, she raises a forefinger and holds a fan before one eye: ‘A Loose Fish.’ (6) She dances, Maenad-like, snapping thumb and forefinger, as ‘Barras’s Mistress’ [see British Museum Satires No. 10369]. (7) She wears a military tunic and plumed helmet, and holds a riding-switch as ‘A Generals Lady.’ (8) Walking in profile to the left. holding out a sceptre and wearing a jewelled gown and a crown, she is fat and vulgar as ‘An Empress’ [see British Museum Satires No. 10362].”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Williams, Charles, active 1797-1830, printmaker.
  • Title: The progress of the Empress Josephine [graphic] / Woodward delt. ; C.W. scult.
  • Publication: London : Pubd. April 20th, 1808, by Thos. Tegg, 111 Cheapside, [20 April 1808]

Catalog Record

808.04.20.01

Acquired August 2021

Collection of pictorial conundrum cards

collection of hand colored playing cardsA collection of pictorial conundrum cards from various unidentified sets of cards trimmed from larger sheets of etched images along with a single drawing signed “R. Ck.” suggesting it is his work on the largest set (incomplete) of 19 cards. The other four sets also incomplete are grouped by the similarity in style and letterforms. All cards contain a humorously named person with an image and a riddle. Presumably the sheet contained the answers to the riddles. Queen Victoria and Sir Edwin Eglinton (the Eglinton Tournament 1839) suggest the possible date of 1840.

  • Title: [Collection of pictorial conundrum cards] [graphic].
  • Production: [England], [between 1820 and 1840?]
  • Publication: [England] : [publisher not identified], [between 1820 and 1840?]

Catalog Record

724 820C

Acquired January 2021