Summary of the county totals, and grand total…

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  • Title: Summary of the county totals, and grand total, of the returns relative to the expence and maintenance of the poor in England and Wales, for the year ending Easter 1803 : to which is subjoined, the amount of charitable donations.
  • Publication: London : Luke Hanfard, printer, [1803?]

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File 63 803 Su955+++

Acquired November 2023

Do you want any brick-dust

description below

“A pretty young maidservant stands on a doorstep (right) while a man, Irish in appearance, gazes insinuatingly into her face as he fills her bowl with brick-dust from a jar. He has an ass which stands patiently, a double sack pannier-wise across his back and a second jar or measure standing on the sack. The profile of a shrewish old woman looks through the door at the couple, who are intent on each other. A dog barks at the girl. Behind is a street, the nearer houses tall the farther ones lower and gabled. At the doorway opposite a woman appears to be giving food to a poor woman and child. A man and woman lean from the attic windows of adjacent houses to converse. A little chimney-sweep emerges from a chimney, waving his brush.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Merke, Henri, printmaker.
  • Title: Do you want any brick-dust [graphic] / Rowlandson delin. ; Merke sculp.
  • Publication: London : Pub. Feb. 20, 1799, at R. Ackermann’s, 101 Strand, [20 February 1799]

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Acquired April 2023

Anniversary meeting of the Guardians of the Asylum

description belowInvitation to a dinner of the Guardians of the Asylum for Female Orphans. At top is a scene of a woman leading three orphan children away to the left, while the bodies of soldiers are taken away to the right; text with the details of the meeting engraved below. The whole is enclosed within a border of leaves.


  • Creator: Asylum for Orphan Girls (London, England)
  • Title: Anniversary meeting of the Guardians of the Asylum : at the Crown and Anchor Tavern, Strand, on [blank] May 19th, 179 [blank]. Dinner ticket, price 10s. 6d.
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [179-]

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File 66 79- As861

Acquired November 2022

The state of the charity, for the relief of the poor

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  • Author: Charity for the Relief of the Poor Widows and Orphans of Deceased Clergymen in Suffolk.
  • Title: The state of the charity, for the relief of the poor widows and orphans of deceased clergymen in Suffolk, for the year 1756.
  • Publication: [Ipswich?] : [publisher not identified], [1757?]

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File 63 756 C473++

Acquired November 2021

Christmass boxes

A satire, divided into quarters, with four small scenes of different episodes of persons trying to collect their Christmas boxes. In the first square in the upper left, a plump supplicant in an apron holds out his hat to a scowling-faced man with a kerchief tied over his hat and a walking stick under his arm as they meet in a road outside a building with a lamp. Behind him on the wall is a sign posted “Miser’. In response to the request, the miser says “Give you a Christmass box. Curse you don’t I pay you for your meat.” On the top row, right, a thin man (a grave digger?) with a pipe in his mouth, bows to an obese clergyman, with a fat dog at his heel, as they stand in the graveyard of a church. The gravedigger asks, “Most worthy Parson give me a Christmass box.” The Parson replies, “Give you a halter you rascal. What should I give you a Christmass box for.” In the lower left, clergyman shakes his walking stick at a surprised man who is carrying a large box on his back and secured with a strap over his forehead. The clergyman says to the laborer, “If you ever ask me for a Christmass box again, I’ll physic you to death.” They are standing in front of building with a lantern and sign that reads “Gargle Apothycary.” The fourth square, lower right, shows old, hag-faced woman with a hat and muff standing in a parlor as she slaps the face of an astonished footman. She tells him, “Take that you saucy rascal for a Xmass box!” He replies, “What’s that for. I did not want a box on the ear, not I.”

  • PrintmakerNewton, Richard, 1777-1798, printmaker, artist.
  • TitleChristmass boxes [graphic] / drawn & etchd. by Rd. Newton.
  • PublicationLondon : Pubd. by Wm. Holland, 50 Oxford St., Decemr. 25, 1794.

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Acquired May 2017