Britannia correcting an unruly boy

description below

“Britannia, tall and powerful, holds Napoleon across her knee, and raises a birch rod to thrash his bleeding posterior. She wears Roman draperies, with corslet and plumed helmet. The rod is tied with a ribbon inscribed: ‘United Kingdoms’. She says: “There take that and that and that, and be carefull not to provoke my Anger more.” He exclaims: “oh forgive me this time and I never will do so again, oh dear! oh dear! you’ll entirely spoil the Honors of the Sitting.” Beside Britannia (left) are her spear and sword; beside Napoleon (right) his huge cocked hat and sabre. The scene is by the sea (left), with a fleet of retreating vessels flying the tricolour flag. On the right is a cliff on which a small British lion lies on a scroll inscribed: ‘Qui uti scit ei bona’ [good things to him who knows how to use them].”–British Museum online catalogue.


  • Printmaker: Williams, Charles, active 1797-1830, printmaker.
  • Title: Britannia correcting an unruly boy [graphic] / T. West delt.
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. June 13th, 1803, by S.W. Fores, 50 Piccadilly, [13 June 1803]

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Acquired January 2021

Sacred to the memory of H.R.H. the Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales

Engraved card printed within black mourning border

Engraved card printed within black mourning border, illustrated above title with an image of Prince Leopold and Britannia in front of Princess Charlotte’s tomb adorned with her portrait and topped with an urn. Six numbered stanzas of a hymn and two staves of music are engraved at the bottom.

  • Title: Sacred to the memory of H.R.H. the Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales, the beloved consort of Prince Leopold & only daughter to the Prince Regent of England : who was born Jany. 7, 1796, and died in childbed Novr. 6, 1817, universally lamented.
  • Publication: London : Published by Thos. Crabb, Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row, 1817.

Catalog Record 

File 66 817 Sa123

Acquired March 2019

The ghost of Eustace Budgel Esqr. to the *man in blue

The ghost of Eustace Budgel Esqr. to the *man in blue. Detailed description below

“A broadside satirising Robert Walpole with an etching in two parts. In the left-hand scene Frederick, Prince of Wales, stands with the Duke of Argyll and other gentlemen, pointing to the left where George II embraces Britannia. In the foreground, the grotesque figure of Walpole, wearing a coronet, kneels holding in five hands, bags of French and Spanish gold and another lettered, “I am Lord Corruption”. Behind him stands his daughter, Lady Mary, toying with a coronet. On the ground beside Walpole, the French cock perches on the back of the exhausted Imperial Eagle, but the British lion watching the conflict growls, “Now I’m rousing”. In the background, the white horse of Hanover kicks a man off a high rock; the man cries, “I’m lost”; a ship lies at anchor off Cartagena observed from another high rock to right by Admiral Vernon whose impetus towards the city is restrained by General Wentworth; below these two men sits Admiral Haddock chained to a rock (a reference to the limitation of his resources in dealing with the combined Spanish and French Mediterranean fleets). In the right-hand scene Walpole raises his hands in horror at the appearance in a cloud of smoke of the ghost of Eustace Budgell who holds out a paper described in the verses to left as a “black Account …Full twenty Winters of Misdeeds”; on the table at which Walpole is sitting is a large candlestick and letters addressed “A son Eminence” (Cardinal Fleury) and “à don [Sebastian] de la Quadra” and a book on “The Art of Bribery”. Budgell’s ghost raises his hand above his head to point at a scene of a beheading in the background above which flies Time while Justice sits on a column beside the scaffold and a crowd cheers below; over a doorway to right is a portrait of a Cardinal, presumably intended for Wolsey who is mentioned in the verses on the right. Engraved title and dedication to the Prince of Wales on a cloth above the scene supported by two putti; verses in two columns on either side condemning Walpole for his maladministration and celebrating the new prominence of the Prince of Wales and his followers; lines of music in two columns below the etching.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Title: The ghost of Eustace Budgel Esqr. to the *man in blue [graphic] : most humbly inscrib’d to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales *see the Chinese Orphan, a tragedy for the reason of this term / designd by N.S. ; engrav’d by G.S.
  • Publication: [London] : Printed for Eliza Haywood at Fame in the Piazza, Covent Garden, and sold by the printsellers and pamphlet shops of London and Westminster, according to act of Parliament, [1742]

Catalog Record 

742.00.00.10++ Impression 2

Acquired January 2019

Britannia’s support of the conspirators defeated

“The Prince of Wales …, sword in hand, gallantly protects Britannia against the attack of three conspirators: Pitt raises a headsman’s axe in both hands; Grafton, holding a conspirator’s lantern, is about to strike her with a dagger; Richmond … fires a musket, resting one knee on a cannon. The Prince wears a coronet with three ostrich feathers, he holds out his shield behind Britannia, who cowers towards him in terror.”–British Museum online catalogue, description of the print for which this is the original drawing.

  • CreatorRowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, artist.
  • TitleBritannia’s support of the conspirators defeated [art original].
  • Production[England], [1789]

Catalog Record

Drawings R79 no. 14 Framed

Acquired November 2017

The invasion, or, Perkins triumph…

The invasion, or, Perkins triumph

An engraving, in which a coach marked “Perkin” carries the Pretender, who is holding a mask and leaning out of the window as he cheers his adherents. The King of France is coachman; the Pope is postilion. A monk with the banner “Inquisition” is a running footman; the Devil and two monks hang on behind as footmen. A band of Scotsmen carry a banner “Slavery”. The coach has driven over a clergyman, a lawyer with “Magna Carta”, and the figure of Britannia who has dropped her purse and papers inscribed with representations of property — Leases, Bank, Exchequer, South Sea, India, and Mortgage. In the background, a monk oversees the burning of a martyr as a party of monks kneel before a cross. Several bodies hang from a triangular-shaped gallows. The setting is a town square formed by York Minster, St. James’s Palace, and the Admiralty Building, Westminster.
  • Artist: Mosley, Charles, ca. 1720-ca. 1770.
  • Title: The invasion, or, Perkins triumph : a Protestant print inscribed to all true lovers of their religion & liberty / C. Mosley invt. et sculpt.
  • Published: [London] : Publish’d according to Act of Parliament, Sep. 1745.

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Acquired October, 2011 by the Lewis Walpole Library.