Committee of Taste, or, The punishment of a modern Midas

description below

“A satire on the rebuilding of Drury Lane Theatre. Whitbread, Chairman of the Committee, bestrides a barrel, the head inscribed ‘The Butt M, T’ [empty]. He has long ass’s ears and points to a table beside him on the extreme right where there is a model of a theatre with a pillared portico and pediment. This rests on a paper inscribed ‘Whitbread Copeland Holland Rolls &ca clear gains 450000!!!!!’ Next Whitbread a man sits behind a similar table littered with plans all inscribed ‘Plan of Drury Lane’. He also has ass’s ears, to which a second pair has been added in water-colour. He looks through an eye-glass, resting his right elbow on an anchor, while he holds at arm’s length the model of a theatre whose portico is flanked by two large sphinxes. A carved sun, like the emblem of the Sun Fire-Office, decorates his chair; on the right is a broad post or terminal pillar supporting a man’s head, also with ass’s ears. This rests on a volume inscribed ‘Commons’, and on its face in large letters are the words ‘Ex Nihilo Nihil Fil’; from its upper edge a signpost arm projects to the right inscribed ‘To Coventry’, showing that he is Peter Moore. Behind Whitbread (left) and partly screened by a heavy curtain is a table supporting a third model of a theatre, also with a portico. Whitbread, frowning slightly, says: “These Resolutions once carried good bye Friend Sherry Old Claimants and new Subscribers (aside) Hem! I think I have bullied the Committe [sic] properly.” His neighbour (? Lord Holland) who smiles, has a round good-humoured face; he says: “La! Mr Chairman I think my Sphynxes look Monstrous Pretty.””–British Museum online catalogue.

 

  • Printmaker: Williams, Charles, active 1797-1830, printmaker.
  • Title: Committee of Taste, or, The punishment of a modern Midas [graphic] : dedicated (without permission) to the subscribers to the New Theatre Drury Lane.
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [1812?]

Catalog Record

812.00.00.125+

Acquired January 2020

The vices of the gin shop

"Broadside with five wood-engravings, the largest in the centre showing the drunkard's coat of arms."--British Museum online catalogue.

Letterpress text with wood-engravings on either side of the title at head of sheet: on the left “Temperance and Happy Family” and on the right “Intemperance and Miserable Family”. Below the heading and on the upper half of the sheet, an explanation of a wood-engraving in the center entitled “The Drunkard’s Coat of Arms”. On the lower half of the sheet, a poem in four columns, surrounding another large central image of a drunken crowd, including a woman feeding her infant from a wine glass; the rowdy, celebrating in a room with a row of large barrels labeled “Holland, Brand[y], Rum, Old Tom, Cream of the Valley.”

 

  • Title: The vices of the gin shop, public house, and tavern dissected, or, The folly of dram drinking clearly exhibited.
  • Publication: [London] : J. Quick, [approximately 1833]

Catalog Record

833.00.00.16+

Acquired November 2020

The representation of Thomas Topham the strong man

The representation of Thomas Topham the strong man. Detailed description below

“Portrait of Thomas Topham, taken on 28 May 1741; full length, standing slightly to right on high scaffold, preparing to lift three hogsheads full of water in Bath Street, London, in honour of Admiral Vernon’s attack to capture Cartagena; after a drawing by Leigh.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Toms, W. H. (William Henry), approximately 1700-1765, printmaker.
  • Title: The representation of Thomas Topham the strong man [graphic] : who lifted three hogsheads of water, weighing 1836 ¬£, the 28th of May 1741, in honour to Admiral Vernon : before thousands of people, in Bath-Street, Cold-Bath-Fields / C. Leigh delin. 1741.
  • Publication: [London] : Publish’d according to act of Parliament, June 29, 1741, and sold by W.H. Toms, engraver, in Union Court, Holbourn, [29 June 1741]

Catalog Record 

741.06.29.01+

Acquired November 2018