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

Salus populi suprema lex

description belowBroadside poem, with engraving above letterpress text.
Engraved at top left of image: June mid-day. Engaved at top right of image: Tide, low water at London Bridge.

 

  • Creator: Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878.
  • Title: Salus populi suprema lex. … royal address of Cadwallader ap-Tudor ap-Edwards ap-Vaughan, Water-King of Southwark …
  • Published: London, S. Knight [1828]

Catalog Record

832.00.00.51++

Acquired November 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

New Theatre Royal, Covent-Garden

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A playbill

 

  • Title: New Theatre RoyalCoventGarden, this present Saturday, May 261810, will be acted Shakspeare’s historical play of King Henry the Eighth … : Cardinal Wolsey, Mr. Kemble … Cromwell, Mr. C. Kemble … Katharine, Queen of England, Mrs. Siddons … ; to which will be added (first time this season) the musical entertainment of The escapes; or, The water carrier …
  • Production: [London] : E. Macleish, printer, [1810]

Catalog Record

File 767 P69B C838 1810 5/26

Acquired November 2020

150 claimants to the throne of Great Britain

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Letterpress text discussing the line of succession above an etched genealogical chart, which illustrates the line of succession, following the reign of George IV, probably published in response to the death of Princess Charlotte in 1817 and before the birth of Victoria in 1819. However, the text also references “the present Princess of Wales”, but further evidence that this was issued in response to her death is the dark black border around her name.
Imprint etched at top of chart. Date from letterpress: “The following is a brief sketch. A.D. 1818.”

 

  • Title: 150 claimants to the throne of Great Britain.
  • Publication: [London] : Printed & publish’d by W. Finch, No. 5 Charlotte Place, New Cut, Lower Marsh, Lambeth, [ca. 1818]

Catalog Record

File 63 818 On58++

Acquired August 2020

To the worthy and independent electors of Westminster

description belowA Westminster election handbill.

 

  • Author: Townshend, John, Lord.
  • Title: To the worthy and independent electors of Westminster. Gentlemen, I beg leave to return you my best thanks …
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [1788]

Catalog Record 

File 646 788 T753

Acquired March 2020

An account of the signals made use of at Bambrough Castle

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Broadside, with engravings of Bamburgh Castle at head, and caption title

 

  • Author: Lord Crewe’s Charity.
  • Title: An account of the signals made use of at Bambrough Castle in the county of Northumberland in case ships or vessels are perceived in distress, and of the charitable institutions established there for their assistance and relief, now published by the direction of the Trustees of Nathanael late Lord Crewe, with the approbation of the Master, pilots, and seamen of the Trinity-house, in Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • Published: Newcastle upon Tyne : Printed and sold by T. Saint ; and sold by J. Wheble … London, [1771?]

Catalog Record

File 63 771 Ac172++

Acquired September 2020

Theatre Royal, Jersey

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A playbill printed on silk.

 

  • Title: Theatre Royal, Jersey. By desire of Lt. Col. Blommart, and officers of the 62nd Regiment (Springers), on Wednesday, December 27th, 1809, will be performed the comedy of A cure for the [heart] ache … : End of the play, a comic song by Mr. C. Curtis. To conclude with the farce of We fly by night! or, Long stories … Places to be had of Mrs. Shatford, at Mrs. Viels …
  • Production: Jersey : Stead, Army Printer, 1809.

Catalog Record

File 767 P69B J55 1809 12/27+

Acquired June 2020

Collection of broadsides about the Tottenham Park Association

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collection comprising eighteen broadsides that trace the initial proposal, founding and development of the Tottenham Park Association. Most of the notices offer rewards for the recovery of stolen property, such as livestock, a set of curtains, a gate and a fence, apprehending offenders and removing “gipsies or other vagrants from the parishes.” The other broadsides relate to the governance of the association.

 

  • Creator: Tottenham Park Association.
  • Title:Collection of broadsides about the Tottenham Park Association : printed text.
  • Publication: Marlborough, England, 1819.

Catalog Record

64 M347 819

Acquired June 2020