Benjamin & John Osgood carpenters

description below

A trade card illustrated with craftsmen engaged in the activities of their trade as carpenters and architects as well as furnishing funerals.

  • Title: Benjamin & John Osgood carpenters, at the Rising Sun by London Stone in Cannon Street [graphic] : perform all sorts of carpenters work; survey and measure land, and all kinds of work, & draw accurate plans &c. They also furnish funerals to any part of Grt. Britain &c. NB. A convenient house for publick or private funerals.
  • Publication: [London] : [Benjamin & John Osgood], [between 1811 and 1820?]

Catalog Record

File 66 811 B468

Acquired November 2021

An exact representation of toupies

description belowA print with 16 numbered oval images, four rows of four images, showing women hairstyles and hairpieces decorated with ribbons and lace.

  • Title: An exact representation of toupies [sic] on a new construction, and other kinds of false hair, made by J. Pyke, no. 24 Milk Street, Cheapside, London [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : [J. Pyke], [between 1760 and 1770?]

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Acquired November 2019

Thomas Sabine, letter press and copper plate printer

see description belowA trade card for Thomas Sabine, illustrated with tools of the printing trade along the tops and sides and below with three illustrations showing tradesmen at work: at a rolling press, a composer in front of type drawers, and two men working a letter press.

  • Creator: Sabine, T. (Thomas), -1810, printmaker, publisher.
  • Title: Thomas Sabine, letter press and copper plate printer at the London & Middlesex Printing Office, No. 81 Shoe Lane, Fleet Street [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : [Thomas Sabine], [between 1785 and 1804]

Catalog Record 

File 66 785 Sa116

Acquired June 2019

A perspective view and section of an engine propos’d to be built

A perspective view and section of an engine propos'd to be built . Detailed description below

“This engraving represents a circular building, with conical roof of tiles, shown in two sections, and partly in perspective. Within the building is a large wheel turned by a horse and giving motion to a considerable number of spindles, to which are attached disks; on each of the disks are several razors, which are thus set in action on the faces of the men who apply their cheeks to openings in the inner wall of the building. Exterior to this inner wall is a gallery where stand the men who are thus expeditiously shaved; their hats hang on pegs, each over the hole to which the owner has applied himself. In the gallery several men are finishing or preparing for their toilettes. The operation of dressing a wig is shown below the wheel, on our right, where many combs are placed on a drum which revolves like a water-wheel before a man’s wig, placed on a block near it.”–British Museum catalogue, description of an earlier state.

  • Printmaker: Booth, Thomas, active 1743-1746, printmaker.
  • Title: A perspective view and section of an engine propos’d to be built by subscription, which will shave sixty men in a minute, also oyl comb and powder their wigs [graphic] / Booth sculp.
  • Publication: [London] : Publish’d according to act of Parliament Novr. [the] 2, 1749, and sold by J. Dubois at [the] Golden Head [the] corner of Burleigh Street near Exeter Chanc[…], [2 November 1749]

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Acquired November 2018

Inn and stable yard, Haymarket

  • Author: Ellis, William, (Auctioneer)
  • TitleInn and stable yard, Haymarket. Particulars and conditions of sale of a valuable leasehold-estate, … comprising Black-Horse Inn and stable-yard, on the west side of the Haymarket; and … no. 22, 23, 24, and 25, in Market-Lane, … which will be sold by auction, by Mr. Ellis, (by direction of the administrator, … of Mr. Jacob Life, dec.) … on Saturday, the 19th of May, 1798, …
  • Publication[London] : [publisher not identified], [1798]

Catalog Record 

File 125 EL47 798

Acquired July 2017

Dr. Trusler presents his best respects to those Ladies and Gentlemen…

Probably printed to accompany the 2nd edition of Trulser’s Compendium of useful knowledge, containing a concise explanation of every thing a young man ought to know

  • AuthorTrusler, John, 1735-1820.
  • TitleDr. Trusler presents his best respects to those Ladies and Gentlemen who have done him the honour to subscribe to this work, and begs to say he shall think himself particularly obliged, if they will shew it to their acquaintance and speak of it as they find it …
  • Publication[London] : [Trusler], April, 1788.

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

File 53 T77 788a

Acquired October 2016

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

Many a good razor has been cast aside as useless…

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lwlpr32603b (802x1024)

At foot of the first page: “Sold by the proprietor, G. Packwood, 16, Gracechurch-street London.”
On the verso: “Vended in London by the following perfumers” and “Vended in the country by the following perfumers.”

  • AuthorPackwood, George.
  • TitleMany a good razor has been cast aside as useless and good for nothing, till pro bono publico, a fact; or, proof positive. Step’d forward, to give ease to the cheek, comfort to the upper lip, a pleasant familiarity to the chin and an uncommon agreeable surprize to the bearded physiognomy which takes place by a razor being strop’d or sharpen’d on Packwood’s new invented razor strop: …
  • Published[London : G. Packwood , 1795?]

Catalog Record

File 66 795 P119

Acquired July 2015

Intended duty on Cape Madeira


A handbill issued by James Elder recommending that his customers purchase wine before a new duty goes into effect.

  • AuthorElder, James (Merchant)
  • TitleIntended duty on Cape Madeira : James Elder with thanks to his friends for the encouragement given to the system adopted by him of selling a good article at a moderate price …
  • PublishedAlnwick : James Elder, 11 March 1817 (Alnwick : J. Graham, printer, March 11, 1817.

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

File 66 817 El37

Acquired January 2014