Anecdotes of painting in England

title page

  • Author: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797, author.
  • Title: Anecdotes of painting in England : with some account of the principal artists; and incidental notes on other arts; collected by the late Mr. George Vertue; and now digested and published from his original mss. / by Mr. Horace Walpole.
  • Manufacture: [Twickenham] : Printed by Thomas Farmer at Strawberry-Hill, MDCCLXII-MDCCLXXI [1762-1771]

Catalog Record

33 10 Copy 23

Acquired January 2020

Travels through Denmark and part of Sweden

title page

  • Author: Macdonald, James, traveller, author.
  • Title: Travels through Denmark and part of Sweden, during the winter and spring of the present year 1809 : containing authentic particulars of the domestic condition of those countries, the opinions of the inhabitants, and the state of agriculture / by James MacDonald. In two volumes.
  • Publication: London : Printed for Richard Phillips, Bridge-Street, Blackfriars, 1809.

Catalog Record

81 809M

Acquired March 2020

 

Promis’d horrors of the French invasion

description below“French troops march with fixed bayonets up St. James’s Street, the houses receding in perspective to the gate of the Palace, which is blazing. In the foreground on the left and right are ‘White’s’ and ‘Brookes’s’. The former is being raided by French troops; the Opposition is in triumphant possession of the latter. “–British Museum online catalogue

  • Printmaker: Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
  • Title: Promis’d horrors of the French invasion, or, Forcible reasons for negociating a regicide peace [graphic] : vide, the authority of Edmund Burke / Js. Gy. d. & fect.
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. Octr. 20th, 1796, by H. Humphrey, New Bond Street, [20 October 1796]

Catalog Record 

796.10.20.01++ Impression 2

Acquired November 2019

The Bengal levee

description below“Lord Cornwallis holds a levee in Government House, Calcutta, in a large room divided by a panelled partition which stretches across the design from left to right and is broken by three wide doorways, showing an inner room, crowded with guests, with three large windows between which are pier-glasses in ornate frames. In the spaces between the doorways are four candle-sconces placed above four of Thomas Daniell’s ‘Views of Calcutta’, either the originals or (more probably) the aquatints. [Published by him at Calcutta 1786-8, reproduced in W. Corfield’s ‘Calcutta Faces and Places’. Cf. also ‘Memoirs of William Hickey’, iii. 327, 342.] In the nearer portion of the room the figures are dispersed; Cornwallis stands in the inner room on the right, his right hand on his breast, left in his breeches pocket. He is talking to Cudbert Thornhill, a grotesque-looking civilian who faces him in profile to the right. Behind Thornhill, waiting to approach Cornwallis, is King Collins wearing regimentals. Behind this group is a crowd of unidentified guests. The figures in the foreground (left to right) are: Lt.-Col. Alexander Ross, secretary to Cornwallis, who is talking to Colonel John Fullarton, senior officer at the Presidency (‘East India Kalendar’, 1791, p. 14). Next, a stout civilian, with legs thick to deformity, holds both hands of a very slim and foppish civilian; they are John Haldane and Claud Benizett, [Identified by Wright and Evans as John Wilton.] Sub-Treasurer. The centre figures are a very stout colonel talking to a thin and grotesque civilian holding a long cane; both wear spectacles. They are Colonel Auchmuty and William Pye, Collector of the Twenty-four Pergunnahs. A grotesquely ugly little civilian, standing alone in profile to the left, taking snuff, is W. C. Blaquiere. [Identified by Wright and Evans] On the extreme right an obese man and a cadaverously thin man, both civilians, take each other’s hands in an affected manner; they are Robert MacFarlane, Clerk of the Market, and John Miller, Deputy of Police. From MacFarlane’s pocket hangs a long paper: ‘Price Current Calcutta Market Grain Rice Bran Paddy Agent’. Behind Pye stands the Rev. Thomas Blanshard, a very stout man in profile to the left with his hands behind his back. Behind him a civilian grasps the hands of a Greek priest wearing robes and a high hat. They are Edward Tiretta of the Bazaar and Father Parthanio. …”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
  • Title: The Bengal levee [graphic] / etch’d by Js. Gillray, from an original drawing made on the spot by an amateur.
  • Publication: London : Publish’d Novr. 9th, 1792, by Js. Gillray, Chealsea, & by H. Humphrey, No. 18 Old Bond Street, [9 November 1792]

Catalog Record 

792.11.09.01++ Impression 2

Acquired November 2019

Admirable satire on the death, dissection… of Mr. Pitt

title page

  • Title: Admirable satire on the death, dissection, funeral procession, & epitaph of Mr. Pitt. : (Copied from the Telegraph of the 20th, 21st, and 24th August, 1795).
  • Publication: London : Printed for the booksellers, and sold by C. Smith, [1795]

Catalog Record 

53 P681 Ad238

Acquired November 2019

 

The British family Bible

frontispiece and title pageA variant of the work published ca. 1820 by Davison entitled The universal Holy Bible, or, Complete library of divine knowledge. The text collation and typographical appearance match exactly; however the two 1820 engraved title pages have been replaced in volume 1 with a letterpress title page as above and in volume 2: The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, illustrated with margianl references and with notes and annotations, historical, theological. chronological, critical, moral, practical, and explanatory, selected from the writings of Henry, Gill, Brown, Hervey, Macknight, Whiston, Clarke, Whitby, Doddridge, Burkitt, Stackhouse, Grotius, Prideaux, Locke, Newton, and other celebrated commentators.

  • Uniform Title: Bible. English. 1824.
  • Title: The British family Bible : containing the Old and New Testaments, illustrated with marginal notes. And a copious explanatory, critical, and historical commentary
  • Publication: London : Longman, Hunt, Rees, Orme, Browne, and Green ; Alnwick [England] : W. Davison, [1820]-1824.

Catalog Record 

Folio 17 B47 820

Acquired November 2019

The nature and use of the Charitable Corporation

title page

  • Author: Britannicus.
  • Uniform Title: [Nature of the Charitable Corporation]
  • Title: The nature and use of the Charitable Corporation, and its relation to trade, consider’d ; in a letter to a Member of Parliament.
  • Published: London : Printed for A. Millar, at Buchanan’s Head, over-against St. Clement’s Church, in the Strand, MDCCXXXII [1732]

Catalog Record

63 732 B86

Acquired October 2019

Hints towards a change of ministry

“Ten ladies, arranged in two rows, with numbers referring to notes etched beneath the design, their proposed offices etched above their heads. … ‘(1) First Lady of the Treasury and Chancellor of the Exchequer.’ The ‘Duc – ss of Gor-n’ (Pitt’s friend), wearing a tartan drapery, sits at a writing-table. Facing her, with outstretched right arm, is ‘(2) President of the Council and Duc-ss of Ric-nd.’ ‘(3) Lady High Chancellor is the Coun-ss of Buc-s-e’, very short and fat, in wig and gown and holding the purse of the Great Seal. Facing her is ‘(4) Chamberlain’, who is ‘Margr-ne of Ans-h’, wearing a coronet and feathers, and holding a long wand of office. ‘(5) Mistress of the Horse’ holding a whip is ‘Lady Arc-r.’ ‘(6) First Lady of the Admiralty’ is ‘Mrs Jo-n’, with her arms folded, in profile to the right, as if playing the part of Priscilla Hoyden in ‘The Romp’, see British Museum Satires No. 6875, but wearing a naval cocked hat, emblem of her liaison with the Duke of Clarence, see British Museum Satires No. 9009. Facing her is ‘(7) Secretary of War & Capn of the Guards, La-y Wa-ce’ (sister of No. 1); she wears a military cocked hat and coat with epaulettes, her hands placed truculently on her hips. (Her friendship with Dumouriez is perhaps hinted at.) ‘(8) Mistress of the Buck Hounds’, is ‘March-ss of Sa-ry’, thin and weatherbeaten, holding two hounds on a leash, ‘(9) Ranger of Hyde Park’, is ‘La-y La-e’ (wife of Sir John Lade) wearing a riding-habit and holding a riding-switch. ‘(10) Post Mistress General and Inspector of Mis-sent Letters’ is ‘La-y Je-y’. She sits at a round table on which are many letters and appliances for opening and re-sealing them, including a spirit-lamp inscribed ‘Hot water’. She holds a lighted candle and peers through spectacles at a sealed letter.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Cruikshank, Isaac, 1756?-1811?, printmaker.
  • Title: Hints towards a change of ministry [graphic] : respectfully submitted to the consideration of the ladies of Great Britain.
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. Febry. 1st, 1797, by S.W. Fores, No. 50 Piccadilly, corner of Sackville St. …, [1 February 1797]

Catalog Record 

797.02.01.02+

Acquired October 2019

 

Theatre, Felton. On Wednesday evening

  • Title: Theatre, Felton. On Wednesday evening, August 29th, will be acted the petite comedy of the Young widow ;b end o fthe play, a number of songs. To conclude with the farce of Cramond Brig.
  • Publication: Alnwick [England] : Davison, printer, [183-?]

Catalog Record 

File 767 P68B Al452 183- 08/29

Acquired June 2019

The smoaking club

description below“Elderly men sit and stand, all smoking long pipes; large clouds of smoke issue from their mouths, but little or nothing comes from the bowls of their pipes. Most sit or stand silently morose; two standing men (left) appear to be puffing smoke in each other’s faces. One leans back, apparently asleep, but smoking. An ugly man seated on the extreme right takes the hand of a pretty young woman who stands opposite him; he holds a large key. She slips a note into the hand of a fierce-looking military officer who stands with his back to her. On the wall (right) is a placard: ‘At a general meeting of this Society, it was resolv’d by a Majority of Independent members, that any member may be Indulg’d with having the Key brought him, by his Servant or hand-maid, but on no pretence whatever be followd by that bane of good fellowship calld the White Sergeant.’ Above the door are framed Rules: ‘Ist No Gemman to be a member of this Society who cannot smoke three pipes at one sitting – NB no Spitting 2d No members pipe to be more than 14 Inches nor less than nine unless permitted so to do by the Landlady 3d Every member to find his own Stopper 4th Any member who puffs designedly in the face of another, to be find sixpence or be puff’d at in return by the whole company 5th All fines to be spent in Porter T. Twig Secy’ On the back wall is a large print of Sir Walter Raleigh seated smoking (right) while a servant raises a bucket to fling at the smoke.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Scott, Edmund, approximately 1746-1810, printmaker.
  • Title: The smoaking club [graphic] / I. Boyne delt. ; E. Scott sculpt.
  • Publication: London : Publish’d 10 Jany. 1792 by Bull & Jeffryes, Ludgate Hill], [10 January 1792]

Catalog Record

792.01.10.03++

Acquired March 2019