High life at five in the morning

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Print shows an interior view of a room; a duke has arrived home drunk at 5 a.m. (as shown on the longcase clock beside the door) accompanied by two attendants and watchman only to find his bedchamber occupied by another man. Through the open curtains around the bed can be seen a bare-breasted duchess. On the floor near the bed is an open book, “Memoirs of a woman of pleasure” (a reference to John Cleland’s Fanny Hill …) beside the chamber pot. As the duke with sword drawn, staggers forward, his rival climbs through a window in the background, leaving his clothes behind on a chair. A monkey dashes onto the table near the window on the heels of the husband’s rival but pulls down the tablecloth causing the items on the table to be strewn across the floor in the foreground; a book opened to pages “Chastity in the nobility a farce. Dedicated to their Graces the Duke & Dutchess xxx”, breaking a broken mirror, and sending the bottles and jars onto the floor. The bottles have labels “Viper drops” and “Surfeit water” and the jar is labeled “Lip salve”.

  • Title: High life at five in the morning [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], publish’d according to act of Parliament, May 1st, 1769.

Catalog Record

769.05.01.01+

Acquired February 2022

The beggar boy: or, History and adventures of James Altamont

printed title page

  • Title: The beggar boy: or, History and adventures of James Altamont : afterwards earl Altamont, who was deprived (for a time) of his inheritance, and conveyed, by the infamous contrivance of his uncle, to America, where he remained thirteen years in slavery.
  • Publication: London : Printed by T. Maiden, Sherbourned-Lane, for Ann Lemoine, White Rose Court, Coleman Street, and J. Roe, No. 90, Houndsditch. ; Sold by all the booksellers in the United Kingdom, [1805?]

Catalog Record

53 C187 804

Acquired August 2021

Portraits and players

2 engraved portraits, one woman and two men

Two volumes of engraved portraits of notable, mostly British, statesmen, academics, churchmen, authors, and actors taken from 18th- and 19th-century publications. Many of the portraits have been carefully trimmed around the figure, with the title mount below and the page annotated with the birth and death dates of the subject. Others have been trimmed carefully to remove the background but preserve the frames. The arrangement of volume one with the spine label “Portraits” is unclear: the first portraits are removed and missing (although some laid in prints may have been removed from their mounts) and some volumes leaves have been cut out, but the first of the surviving approximately 90 portraits is of Robert South S.T.P. by George Vertue (publisher in 1715 by Jonah Bowyer) followed by a portrait of John Tillotson Dean of Canterbury and Archibishop and James Bradley D.D. third astronomer royal (1692– 1762) and then Mrs. Griffith, Mrs. Charlotte Smith, John Bigland (schoolmaster turned author), Richard Chenevix Bishop of Waterford (1698-1779) and other 18th-century figures Included are portraits of Samuel Johnson, David Garrick, Mrs. Oldfield, Mrs. Lessingham, Mrs. Davenport, Madame Mara, Benjamin Franklin, Edmund Burke, and Lord Byron as well as other notable authors and playwrights. Toward the end is a portrait of Joseph Vernet (à la poupée); Grose the antiquarian and a vignette of an artist with a book “Sketches from nature”. The second volume with the spine label “Players” begins with a newspaper clipping “Anecdote of Garrick in the character of Lear” followed by pages from which prints have been removed but the volume contains approximately 50 prints (some with color) of the men and women of the London stage in the 18th and early 19th centuries, mostly in character.

  • Creator: Bailly, R. C., collector.
  • Title: [Portraits and players] [graphic].
  • Production: [England], [not after 1810?]

Catalog Record

724 810B

Acquired September 2021

Boggis and Clark hair dressers

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Text within banners surrounding central image, clockwise from upper right: Toupees; Wholesale & Retail; Cushion’s; Braids; Perfumery; Wigs

  • Title: Boggis and Clark hair dressers, No. 16, Ivey Lane, Newgate Street, London [graphic] / Terry sculp., Pater Noster Row.
  • Publication: [London] : [Boggis and Clark], [between 1770 and 1796]

Catalog Record

File 66 770 B674

Acquired November 2021

Voornaamste gebouwen vande stadt Romen t’Amsterdam

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Views of Rome (including the Vatican City), London, Amsterdam, and Tangier.

  • Printmaker: Ram, Johannes de, 1648-1693, printmaker.
  • Title: Voornaamste gebouwen vande stadt Romen t’Amsterdam / by Iohannes de Ram.
  • Publication: [Amsterdam] : [publisher not identified], [approximately 1690]

Catalog Record

724 690R

Acquired March 2021

Mr. Kean as Othello

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 In this image, a full-length image of Edmund Kean as Othello constructed from parts of a print or prints while his costume and hat and their trimming are cut from satin cloth with additional decorated paper trimming and small metal buttons. This image is the only one of the four mounted on a secondary sheet, this one ruled as if from a ledger.

  • Title: Mr. Kean as Othello [art original] : Act 5th, Scene 3rd / made by the author.
  • Production: [England], [ca. 1828]

Catalog Record

Drawings C697 no. 1 Box D115

Acquired April 2021

Madame Vestris as Don Giovani

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In this collage a full-length image of a woman, identified as Miss Vestris: her head and neck, arms, and boots have been cut from an unidentifed print or prints while her costume and hat and their trimming are cut from satin cloth with additional decorated paper trimming. On the verso written in red ink, two poems: “The Snow Drop by Henry Neele” and “I Saw Thee Weep, Byron” transcribed in two columns.

  • Title: Madame Vestris as Don Giovani [art original] / H.A.S.
  • Production: [England], [ca. 1828?]

Catalog Record

Drawings C697 no. 3 Box D115

Acquired April 2021

Miss Hargraves as Amy

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This collage shows full-length image of a woman, identified as Miss Hargraves. Her head and neck, arms, and feet have been cut from an unidentifed print or prints while her costume and its trimming are cut from satin cloth. On each side are small images also cut from prints: on the right a house with a second story wrap-around porch and on the right a covered structure ladened with refreshments.
On the back of this collage are mounted three small engravings of women in fashionable dress; with notes in red ink “Presented by Sarah, Apl. 8 1830” written twice in the upper left and right and below also on the right and left “The author returns thanks”. In the same hand the middle print has been annotated “Kemble” which is also engraved in the plate with the author and printmaker statements “R. Cruikshank delt. J. Rogers sc.”

  • Creator: Hume, Sarah, artist.
  • Title: Miss Hargraves as Amy [art original] / made and presented by Miss Hume.
  • Production: [England], [1830]

Catalog Record

Drawings C697 no. 2 Box D115

Acquired April 2021

 

Miss Bartolozzi as the page in The marriage of Figaro

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In this collage a full-length image of a woman, identified as Miss Bartolozzi, with her head and neck, hands, and boots cut from an unidentifed print or prints while her costume and hat and their trimming are cut from satin cloth with additional decorated paper trimming. On the verso in two columns written in red ink and ruled in red ink: On the left the title of a poem only “Lines on my garden”. On the right: Song, “My own Blue Bell”.

  • Creator: Butcher, Master, artist.
  • Title: Miss Bartolozzi as the page in The marriage of Figaro [art original] / made & given by Master Butcher.
  • Production: [England], [ca. 1828]

Catalog Record

Drawings C697 no. 4 Box D115

Acquired April 2021