William MacMurdo Duncan Scrapbook

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A scrapbook seemingly begun by William McMurdo Duncan in the 1790s, based on the earliest manuscript entry entitled “Books Belonging to William McMurdo Duncan 10th Feby. 1799” with later additions perhaps made by other members of his family, as the names of William’s wife Marianne and his daughter Helen are inscribed on the front endpaper. The scrapbook includes newspaper clippings and broadsides relating to the city of Liverpool; shipping and naval news; the Napoleonic Wars; reports of the royal families of England and France; local news stories tending to reports of dramatic accidents and crimes, including reports of the abuse of servants and presumanbly enslaved girls. Also included are two manuscript poems (1816) and a manuscript list of books. Also included is a printed form, completed in manuscript, from New College Manchester, dated “May 1st, 1797”, for a Norwegian student, “Mr. Kield Moestre” (1776-1805), which gives his grades for two months (“March & April”) of lectures in the subjects of languages, mathematics, and natural philosophy. A page from the Observer (no. 1249) from 29 October 1815 includes a large woodcut “Island of Saint Helena” with “A descriptive sketch of the Island of Saint Helena”. Clippings from a column “Cabinet”. Laid in the front are over two dozen clippings from the column “Cabinet” that provide spiritual advice about conduct of life and marriage and other religious topics dated from the 1830s.

  • Creator: Duncan, William MacMurdo, 1772-1853.
  • Title: William MacMurdo Duncan Scrapbook : printed text and manuscript.
  • Production: Liverpool?, England, circa 1795-1816.

Catalog Record

LWL Mss vol. 270

Acquired October 2021

[Collection of newspaper clippings of advertisements]

A collection of contemporary newspaper cuttings with advertisements for and reviews of eighteenth-century theater performances, concerts, and other entertainment as well as notices for recently published books and plays, most pasted onto five folio leaves, with two loose clippings. Venues in London include: Theatre in Little Lincolns-Inn, Sadler’s Wells, Drury-Lane, Covent Garden, Theatre Royal Richmond Green, Spring Gardens Vauxhall, and Almack’s; and in Dublin the Theatre Royal. There are a number of productions of Shakespeare in the 1770s (Cymbeline, As You Like It, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Tempest) and at Covent Garden in 1755 (Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV, Hamlet, and Julius Caesar, among others). Popular entertainment includes farces and pantomimes. Included among the cuttings is an account of the actress Frances Abington performing in Dublin. Other sources of entertainment include a lecture on perpetual motion; an exhibited scale model of the Alps; an exhibition of tumbling, dancing, and singing at Sadler’s Wells, along with ‘Rope-Dancing, by Signora Mariana, and Mr. Ferzi’ (undated); and an equestrian showcase at Astley’s Amphitheatre in Lambeth, featuring ‘a Lady from St. Sebastian in Spain, and twelve others of the most capital performers in Europe’ (1770). Also included is a clipping from the Chronicle; The Evening-Post for 10 March 1767 covering a number of topics including taxation, the poor, notices for rental properties and recently published books, advertisement for “Pine bud tea”, letters to the editor as well as an advertisement for a housekeeper.

  • Title: [Collection of newspaper clippings of advertisements for theater, performances, and recently published books.
  • Production: London ; Dublin, [1718-1800]

Catalog Record 

File 61 C697 718+

Acquired July 2019

A pair of specticals

A pair of specticals

Political satire: With billows of smole behind it, a skeleton holding a noose and pointing to his eye dances to the left of Napoleon who stands pointing at it. In the right background is a gallows with a group of soliders standing in the distance below.

Mounted on a former album leaf; newspaper clippings dating from 1817 and 1818 are pasted on verso of mount covering a range of topics including: small pox, post horse duties, poor rate, three cases of debtors, two work related accidents, and a short humorous piece on the streets of Paris and the price of wine.

  • Title: A pair of specticals [sic] easely seen through [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Pub. 17 June 1813 by T. Tegg, Cheapside, London, [17 June 1813]

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Acquired March 2019

Scrapbook of Watkin Wingfield

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Scrapbook of Watkin Wingfield including 130 drawings (most in color) executed by him between the ages of 8 and 12; clippings from newspapers (including the St. James’s Chronicle and London Evening Post) on current political and social topics, poems, epigrams, advertisements, reports on fashionable society, and news from China and India. Napoleon Bonaparte, however, is the figure most frequently represented in the clippings. Also of interest were the royal visit of Louis XVIII and the death of Queen Charlotte. Laid in are three portrait engravings published by Colnaghi: Frederick William, III, King of Prussia, Field Marshall von Blucher, and the Duke of Saxony. His interest in fashion and dress is evidenced by his many drawings of the ethnic costumes of Europe and the inclusion of many French fashion plates. Also included is a later clipping (ca. 1833?) announcing the marriage of his brother Walter Clopton Wingfield (1800-1846) to Jane Eliza, daughter of General Sir John Michell.
  • Author: Wingfield, Watkin, 1803-1886
  • Title: Scrapbook of Watkin Wingfield, [bulk ca. 1811-1820, 1833?].

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Acquired June, 2011 by the Lewis Walpole Library.