The King’s dwarf plays Gulliver a trick

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A satire on Napoleon. A corpulent King George sits at his dining table before a large dinner plate with utensils decorated with his crest in gold. From a hollow upright bone pops an image of the slight Napoleon in full uniform with his arms posed to box. Above King George’s head are etched the lines: “There you little insignificant pigmy, I’ve bone’d you.”

  • PrintmakerWilliams, C. (Charles), active 1797-1830, printmaker.
  • TitleThe King’s dwarf plays Gulliver a trick [graphic].
  • Published[London] : Pubd October 18th 1803 by S.W. Fores 50 Piccadilly [18 October 1803]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

803.10.18.01

Acquired June 2015

 

The King of Brobdingnag, and Gulliver

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“George III, half length, stands in profile to the left, holding a tiny Napoleon on the palm of his right hand, and inspecting him through a spy-glass. He says: “My little friend Grildrig, you have made a most admirable \ “panegyric upon Yourself and Country, but from what I can \ “gather from your own relation & the answers I have with \ “much pains wringed & extorted from you, I cannot but con- \ “-clude you to be one of the most pernicious, little – odious \ “-reptiles, that nature ever suffer’d to crawl upon the surface of the Earth.” He wears military uniform with a bag-wig. The only background is a dark cloud-like shadow across the lower part of the design.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerGillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
  • TitleThe King of Brobdingnag, and Gulliver [graphic].
  • Published[London : Pubd. June 26th, 1803, by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James’s Street, 26 June 1803]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

803.06.26.01+

Acquired December 2014

A West India sportsman

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A satire on the decadence of Englishmen in West Indies, published shortly after the successful passage of Wilberforce’s bill to abolish slavery.

  • PrintmakerF., J., printmaker.
  • TitleA West India sportsman : [graphic] / : Make haste with the Sangaree, Quashie, and tell Quaco to drive the birds up to me . I’m ready / J.F. [monogram].
  • Published[London : Published Novr. 1, 1807 by William Holland, No. 11 Cockspur Street, London, 1 November 1807]

Catalog Record & Digital Image

807.11.01.01

Acquired June 2014

A lecture on wigs illustrated by a man who does not wear one

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6 plates of dignitaries in official wigs, law wig, bar wig, reverend wig, etc., the top 5 with cutouts revealing face on the 6th plate which is depicted with natural uncut and unattractive locks.

  • Title: A lecture on wigs illustrated by a man who does not wear one : addressed to all the wig wearers and wig makers in the United Kingdom.
  • Published: London : Printed and published for the author, by Gold and Walton, 24, Wardour Street, Soho, 1818.

Catalog Record

657 818 L43

Acquired November 2003

Bookseller & author

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In the center of a book-lined room the bookseller, with a pen behind his ear, his hands in his pockets, glasses pushed to the top of his head, stands looking down disdainfully at a manuscript being offered to him by a thin, timid looking man who stands nervously with his hat tucked under his arm. A clergyman with spectacles, his back to the two other gentlemen, perusing the shelves, stops to examine a volume. In the left foreground on the floor, in front of a library step stool, is a pile of books. Another pile of books lies in the right foreground in front of a door with a glass panel and curtains in the top half. To the left of the door is a sloping writing table with paper, ink stand, and pen.

  • Printmaker: Alken, Samuel, 1756-1815, printmaker.
  • Title: Bookseller & author [graphic] / H. Wigstead delint. ; S. Alken fecit.
  • Published: [London : Publish’d Septr. 25, 1784, by I.R. Smith, No. 83 Oxford Street, 1784]

Catalog Record  & Digital Collection

784.09.25.01+

Acquired December 2007

Sancho’s feast

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Sancho sits beside his physician Pedro Rezzio who stays his hand that is posed with a fork full of meat. Two platters have already been placed on the table, and two more (one with a rabbit and the other with clams) are brought to the table by two young servant boys. On the right two ladies stand behind Sancho’s chair, one pointing to him. On the left a larger group of men, one woman, and a black man laugh at the scene around the table. In the upper left on a balcony, three musicians play for the guests below. From the lower right, a dog looks at a platter of food. A reversed copy of the original engraving by Hogarth.

  • Printmaker: Lewis, Frederick Christian, 1779-1856, printmaker.
  • Title: Sancho’s feast [graphic] / drawn by W. Hogarth ; engraved by F.C. Lewis 1830.
  • Edition: [Open-letter proof].
  • Published: London : Published for the proprietor by Messrs. Colnaghi, Son & Co. Jany. 15, 1830.

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Hogarth 830.01.15.01+

Acquired April 2013

A French family

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Two couples — one middle age and the other youthful — dance in a shabby room.

  • Printmaker: Alken, Samuel, 1756-1815, printmaker.
  • Title: A French family [graphic] / T. Rowlandson delin. ; S. Alken fecit.

Catalog record & Digital collection

792.11.05.04++

Acquired November 2012

Soixante et dix estampes…

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Etchings after works by: And. Mantegna, Benvenuto da Garofalo, Raffael d’Urb. Polodoro da Caravaggio, Gio. da Udine, Fran. Parmeggiano, Papin, Campagniola, Luca Cangiasio, Aug. Carracci, Ann. Carracci, Guercino, Nic. Poussin, Claudio Gillee, Rembrandt, G.F. Bolognese, Romanelle, Giacomo Cortesi detto il Borgognone, Salvator Rosa, W. Vander Veld, Carlo Marratti, and G.P. Panini.

  • Creator: Pond, Arthur, 1701-1758, printmaker.
  • Title: Soixante et dix estampes qui imitent les desseins / gravees par Mess. Pond et Knapton d’apres les tableaux originaux des maitres cy-dessous denommes.
  • Published:[London] : Publie par Jean Boydell, graveur, rue de Cheapside, a Londres, [between 1734 and 1747?]

Catalog record

Folio 724 734P

English barracks

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A view of the interior of a busy English barracks shows a more domestic than military atmosphere although weapons and other gear adorn the walls and lay scattered on the floor. The scene includes a woman nursing a baby (left); beside her, one soldier brushes his britches while another adjusts his helmet.

Companion print: French barracks

  • Artist: Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827
  • Title: English barracks [graphic] / drawn & etch’d by T. Rowlandson ; aquatinta by T. Malton.
  • Published: [London] : Pub. Aug. 12, 1791, by S.W. Fores, N. 3 Piccadilly, [12 August 1791]

Catalog record & Digital collection

791.08.12.02++

Acquired November 2012

French barracks


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A view of the interior of a busy French barracks shows a more domestic than military atmosphere although weapons and other gear adorn the walls and lay scattered on the floor. The scene includes a woman nursing a baby, children playing, woman doing washing.

Based on a watercolor by Rowlandson, in The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University. (Drawings R79 no.13 Box D200)

  • Artist: Rowlandson, Thomas  1756-1827
  • Title: French barracks [graphic] / drawn & etchd by T. Rowlandson ; aquatinta by T. Malton.
  • Published: [London] : Publish’d Aug. 12, 1791, by S.W. Fores, N. 3 Piccadilly, [12 August 1791]

Catalog record & Digital collection

791.08.12.01++

Acquired November 2012