The combat

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Satire on the conflict between artists campaigning for a public academy and those who were opposed. William Hogarth (A), shown as the leader of the latter group, rides a peacock. He is followed by (B) probably intended for the journalist Bonnell Thornton, dressed as Mercury, holding a paper lettered “Sr by G[o]d they laugh at us”, and (C) Thomas Burgess, a young artist “who etch’d the Club of Artists” [BM Satires 3278]; (D) consists of a group of young followers sheltering behind the peacock’s tail. Opposite them stands another group, a “New Club”, led by (E) the “Chairman” holding a gavel, probably Francis Hayman, and (F) an older man holding a candle described as a “comic Poet study’d Painter and Chapman”. Behind them stand (G), “a Swiss Operator”, (H) “a great Projector”, (I) “Toast Master General” and others only partly visible; those at the back of this group have peacock feathers in their hats. On the ground between the groups sits (T) “a late Author & Publisher of Scandal”. To the right, a child (U) holding a lantern has climbed a tree in search of “Impartiality”. Above flies Fame (W) “inspiring the Heros”. A zodiacal arc on the left includes a pair of clasped hands (a symbol for mutual trust) lettered “Unknown”.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Burgess, Thomas, approximately 1730-1791, printmaker.
  • Title: The combat [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [1754?]

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Acquired April 2022

O’ the roast beef of old England…

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Engraving of William Hogarth’s 1748 painting ‘O the Roast Beef of Old England’ (London, Tate Britain), which he had himself published as a print. The scene is set at the Gate of Calais (after the painting in the Tate Gallery) with a fat monk prodding a large sirloin of beef carried by a cook, on either side are two French soldiers, one of whom spills his bowl of thin soup as he gazes in amazement at the beef; on the left, three market women with crosses hanging from their necks admire a skate in a basket of fish; on the right, two ragged men carry a large pot of soup while another drinks from a bowl, and a Scottish soldier cowers beneath an archway; in the middle distance, to left, Hogarth himself is seen sketching at the moment when a soldier’s hand takes him by the shoulder; beyond, through the gate, is a religious procession.


  • Title: O’ the roast beef of old England &c. [graphic] / painted by W. Hogarth.
  • Publication: London : Printed for Robt. Sayer, No. 53 Fleet Street, [not before 1766]

Catalog Record

Hogarth 766.00.00.03+ Box 200

Acquired March 2020

You are desired to accompany the Society of Painters

An invitation to accompany the Society of Painters at St Lukes Feast on Thursday 24 November, 1687 in Painter Stayner’s Hall; with a cartouche illustrated with an allegory of the arts with painting in the center, with winged Fame holding a laurel crown In the top corners are emblems of painting and architecture and on the bottom, drawing (disegno) and sculpture as a putto.

  • Author: Worshipful Company of Painters.
  • Title: You are desired to accompany the Society of Painters [blank] of [the] clock in Painter Stayners Hall where you shall be entertain’d by us [blank] [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [ca. 1687]

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Acquired September 2019

Painting after life

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First image, ‘Painting after life’ shows a skeleton (death) seated before an easel painting a portrait of the obese old man seated opposite and holding a cane. The subject is seated against a blank screen; a portfolio of other works is leaning against the screen. Beside the ‘artist’ is a box of paints and artist supplies.
Second image, ‘Death staring shipwrecked sailors in the face!!!’, shows a skeleton (right) seated on a rock with his head resting in his hands, elbows on his knees as he stares at two shipwrecked sailors (left) on a beach.

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On the verso: an autograph letter from Ebenezer Gerard in Liverpool to Samuel Taylor Liverpool, dated 1826 February 5, in reference to “Prose by a poet” (by Montgomery James) which he compares to his own efforts since his illness, with the address incorporating watercolor and rebus material.

  • Creator :Gerard, E. (Ebenezer).
  • TitlePainting after life [graphic] / E. Gerard pinxt. 19 Parker Street ; Death staring shipwrecked sailors in the face!!! / E. Gerard.

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Acquired July 2015

Letter : Houghton, to Mr. John Boydell

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Autographed letter signed from Joseph Farington to John Boydell written from Houghton Hall the seat of Sir Robert Walpole, Earl of Orford where he spent three years making drawings of the paintings for Boydell’s Collection of prints after the most capital paintings in Engalnd (2 vols., 1782). He reports on the progress of his work in general and in particular his work with “the Paul Brills”.

  • Author: Farington, Joseph, 1747-1821.
  • Title: Letter : Houghton, to Mr. John Boydell, Cheapside, London, 1773 October 4.

Catalog Record

LWL Mss File 128

Acquired July 2015


Beiträge zu Wilhelm Hogarth’s Lebensbeschreibung



List of Hogarth’s prints and prices

  • Author: Nichols, John, 1745-1826.
  • Uniform Title: [Biographical anecdotes of William Hogarth. German]
  • TitleBeiträge zu Wilhelm Hogarth’s Lebensbeschreibung. Nebst einem nach der Zeitfolge geordneten und mit Erklärungen begleiteten Verzeichnisse seines Kupferstichwerks. Aus dem Englischen mit einiger Abkürzung.
  • PublishedLeipzig : Bei Iohann Gottlob Immanuel Breitkopf, 1783.

Catalog Record

75 H67 S781g

Acquired April 2014

Gentlemen & ladies pictures drawn at their houses in crayons


An engraved advertisement for artist Squire Morley’s services, decorated with a border in the Late Baroque style with two putti on either side, one holding a portrait, the other sketching, grand staircases and eagle holding the scroll on which the text is engraved.

  • TitleGentlemen & ladies pictures drawn at their houses in crayons, and deliver’d in a handsome frame & glass at half a guinea, by Squire Morley near [the] Brew-Houae in Salisbury Court, Fleet Street, London.
  • Published: [London : Squire Morley, ca. 1770]

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File 66 770 G338

Acquired July 2013

Glass painting for windows…by Henry Gyles of the City of York


First published ca. 1675-1700; this is a late 18th-century reissue

  • Title: Glass painting for windows, as armes, sundyals, history, landskipt, &c. done by Henry Gyles of the City of York [graphic].
  • Published: [London] : Published by W. Richardson, Castle Street, Leicester Fields, [ca. 1790]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Portraits G996 no. 1

Acquired December 2013

William Hogarth

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Self-portrait of William Hogarth in a fur cap, looking right; a bust in an oval canvas resting on volumes of Shakespeare’s works; with his dog Trump on the right. In the lower right, an artist’s palette engraved with the words: “The line of beauty and grace. WH 1745”.

  • Printmaker: Smith, Benjamin, -1833, printmaker.
  • Title: William Hogarth [graphic] : from the original picture in the collection of John & Josiah Boydell / painted by W. Hogarth ; engraved by Benj. Smith.
  • Published: [London] : Published June 4, 1795 by J. & J. Boydell, No. 90, Cheapside, & at the Shakspeare Gallery Pall Mall, [4 June 1795]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Hogarth 795.06.04.01+ Box 2

Acquired April 2013