Columbus breaking the egg

Christopher Columbus demonstrating how to make an egg stand on its end. The five observers look at the cracked egg, upright on the table, in amusement at the evidence of an inventive mind at work. Two other eggs intertwined with two eels lie on a plate in the center of the table. A dog peeps over the edge of the table in the foreground; the cutlery is pushed off to one side.

  • Title: Columbus breaking the egg [graphic].
  • Publication: [Alnwick] : Printed and published by W. Davison, Alnwick, [between 1812 and 1817]

Catalog Record

812.00.00.112

Acquired September 2019

A view of the island of St. Helena

Eleven views in three rows, arranged around a larger central image of “A view of the island of St. Helena”; the ten smaller views, four in the top row, two in the middle row, and four in the third row, show images of various boats, ships and other sailing vessels on the sea.

  • Title: A view of the island of St. Helena [graphic] ; A fishing boat ; A frigate laying at anchor ; A brisk gale ; A pleasure boat ; Homeward bound ; A ship of the line ; British ships of war ; French ships of war ; A chase ; A light breeze.
  • Publication: [Alnwick] : Printed and published by W. Davison, Alnwick, [between 1812 and 1817]

Catalog Record 

812.00.00.123

Acquired September 2019

Iohn Bull as Justice weighing a commander

“John Bull, blindfold, stands on a massive truncated pillar holding the beam of a pair of scales. In one scale (left), near the ground, Mrs. Clarke sits composedly among a mass of papers, holding one inscribed My dear Dearest Dearest Darling [see British Museum satires no. 11228, &c.]. The others are inscribed: Sandon, Toyne [Tonyn], Dowler, Omeara, Carter, French, Knight, Clavering. In the other scale the Duke of York swings high in the air, and shouts down to three men on the ground: Save me save me Save my Honour [cf. British Museum satires no. 11269]. They haul hard at ropes attached to his scale, which they tilt sideways so that he is in danger of falling out. One, a drink-blotched bishop wearing a mitre, says: Pull away Pull away the Church is in danger; the other two say: Pull away Pull away we lose all our Places, and Pull away pull away we shall lose our Noble Commander. On the pillar Britannia is depicted seated with her shield and lion; she holds the broken staff of a flag.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Cruikshank, Isaac, 1756?-1811?, printmaker.
  • Title: Iohn Bull as Justice weighing a commander [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. by J. Johnstone, 101 Cheapside, April 1809.

Catalog Record

809.04.22.02+

Acquired September 2019

For the benefit of Mr. Clarke, at the Theatre Royal in Covent-Garden

  • Author: Covent Garden Theatre.
  • Title: For the benefit of Mr. Clarke, at the Theatre Royal in Covent-Garden, on Thursday next, being the 29th of April, will be reviv’d a tragedy, call’d Alzira. : Zamor by Mr. Clarke, … Alvarez by Mr. Sparks, Carlos by Mr. Dyer … To which will be added a farce (not acted these ten years) called Duke and no Duke. …
  • Publication: [London] : [The Theatre], [1756]

Catalog Record 

File 767 P69B C838 1756 4/29

Acquired June 2019

 

ll faut des epoux assortis dans les liens du mariage

see description below“Husband and wife dressing in a bedroom, the tent-shaped bed-curtains forming a background. The woman is thin and has a mole on her face, the man broad, but their deficiencies are similar. She stands (left), about to raise her shift and adjust false posteriors. A false bust, false teeth, and wig, simulating natural curls, are on the table behind her, on which are also the man’s wig and an eye in a tumbler of water. Both are bald. He sits (right) in shirt and breeches, about to put on a pair of stockings with false calves of fleece. Both register sour dissatisfaction with themselves and each other.”–British Museum online catalogue, description of an earlier state.

  • Title: ll faut des epoux assortis dans les liens du mariage [graphic] = Persons in wedlock should be properly matched.
  • Publication: London : Pub. Jan. 20, 1820 by S.W. Fores, 50 Piccadilly, [20 January 1820]

Catalog Record 

820.01.20.02+

Acquired June 2019

Hodgson’s drawing book

Hodgson's drawing book

Four topographical plates (2 colored), stitched as issued in original pale yellow printed wrappers.

  • Title: Hodgson’s drawing book. No. [7].
  • Publication: London : 10, Cloth Fair, West Smithfield, [ca. 1835]

Catalog Record

74 835 H691

Acquired April 2019

The green bag, it’s contents & all it’s appendages

The green bag. Detailed description below.

“A hand, ‘Manus Populi’, extends into the design from the upper margin, holding a chain from which hangs a pair of scales. On one (right), close to the ground, sits the Queen, hands crossed on her breast, saying: “My innocence will support me & my Country will protect me– 10 Great Men against one unprotected Woman are fearful odds.” The other scale, high in the air, is completely filled by a green bag, see British Museum Satires No. 13735, from the mouth of which emerges the head of George IV, crowned. Attached to the beam, by a rope round his neck, hangs a military officer, holding a huge key; as a makeweight he dangles vainly against the left side of the King’s bag. Three men standing below pull at the scale, trying to drag it down: they are Sidmouth (left), a judge in back view (? Leach), and Castlereagh (right), who says: “We cannot do it, and I told you so at first, & if she opens her bagwe shall be stifled all of us.” The King looks down at them with a distressed expression, saying: “Pull you lubbers.””–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Heeston, active 1820, printmaker.
  • Title: The green bag, it’s contents & all it’s appendages are insufficient to turn the scale of public opinion [graphic] / Heeston fect.
  • Publication: London : Pubd. by S.W. Fores, 41 Piccadilly, July 11, 1820.

Catalog Record 

820.07.11.01+

Acquired April 2019

The Impenetrable Secret: a game

A set of cards with moral maxims printed on fronts and backs in black and red ink: e.g., “Poverty is the fruit of idleness, Small griefs are loud, great ones still …”

  • Title:[The Impenetrable Secret: a game, played with ten cards, each bearing a series of proverbs printed on both sides: invented by Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford.].
  • Published/Created:[Strawberry Hill], [1780?]

Catalog Record

496 2401

Acquired April 2019

To the independent freeholders of the county of Hants

An advertisement for Sir William Heathcote and William Chute in the Hampshire election of 1790.

  • AuthorLover of consistency and peace.
  • TitleTo the independent freeholders of the county of Hants. : How are the mighty fallen!!! …
  • Published[Southampton? : Publisher not identified, 1790].

Catalog Record 

File 63 790 L911+

Acquired October 2017

A catalogue of that truly superb, and well-known collection of pictures

  • AuthorDesenfans, Noel Joseph, 1745-1807
  • TitleA catalogue of that truly superb, and well-known collection of pictures, of the Roman, Venetian, Spanish, French, Flemish, Dutch and English schools; the intire and genuine property of Monsieur Desenfans. … The whole will be sold on Saturday, April 8, 1786 … by private contract, by a committee appointed by Mons. Desenfans …
  • Published[London] : [publisher not identified], [1786]

Catalog Record

125 D451 786

Acquired December 2016