The frontispiece and its explanation

frontispieceA copy of the Hogarth’s Frontispiece and its explanation for Samuel Butler’s poem Hudibras with the title engraved above the image and the text below in a single sentence below. Plate one is an emblematic scene with an oval portrait of Samuel Butler mounted on a pedestal on which is carved a relief showing a satyr whipping figures of Rebellion, Hypocrisy and Ignorance dressed as puritans, while he drives a chariot drawn by Hudibras and Ralpho; in the foreground, on the left, a satyr holds up a volume of Butler’s poem as a guide for the carver (a boy dressed only in an apron), and on the right a young satyr holds up a mirror to a figure of Britannia.

 

  • Title: The frontispiece and its explanation [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Printed and sold by Robt. Sayer, map & printseller at No. 53 in Fleet Street, [between 1760 and 1777?]

Catalog Record

Folio 75 H67 768B

Acquired January 2021

[Ticket for Dalby Theatre]

An image of a semi-naked woman, paritally covered in drapery, flying amongst the clouds. In her left hand she holds a banner. Used as a ticket for a production at Dalby Theatre, the private playhouse of Edward Hartopp (1758-1808) at his seat Little Dalby Hall in Leicestershire.

 

  • Title: [Ticket for Dalby Theatre] [graphic].
  • Production: [Melton Mowbray?] : [publisher not identified], [1803]

Catalog Record

File 767 P69b D213 803.2

Acquired January 2020

[Laestrygonians]

description belowA small print depicting a scene from Homer’s Odyssey as he sails back to his home in Ithaca: Two Laestrygonian, who are giants, one who upends one Odysseus’s ships as other eats one of the men as the fail into the sea. The high cliffs of Lamos is in the distance on the right.

  • Title: [Laestrygonians] [graphic].
  • Publication: [England?] : [publisher not identified], [ca. 1800?]

Catalog Record

800.00.00.105

Acquired November 2020

The English general eternized

collage of letters and printsA medley print with images showing, from top left: an illuminated manuscript in gothic script with decorated capital letters with florishes in red and blue ink; a print showing a naval battle with burning ships, possibly depicting the defeat of Baron de Pointis’ fleet in the Bay of Gibraltar, 20 March 1705; a bust portrait, possibly of Simón Susarte, the goatherder, wearing a turban and facing left, in profile, who helped the Bourbon Spanish in a sneak attack on Gibraltar during the Twelfth Siege of Gibraltar in 1704. Below, a second row, beginning with a print referencing the Battle of Ramillies, showing a man on horseback with his sword drawn looking down at an opponent whose head has been blasted off by a cannon ball, with the caption “May 23 NS 1706. 6000 prisoners. 8000 kill’d. Standards a great number”; covering a portion of the naval battle print above and forming the background of most of the medley, an image of a newspaper The Post Boy from Thu[…] 1706 with two woodcuts in the header, mostly obscured by another print, hand-colored, with an the image of an English grenadier, shown full-length standing, holding a musket. A third level, from the left, a playing card showing the ten(?) of hearts shown behind an image of a newspaper; on top of the newspaper a half-length portrait of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (after Kneller) in armor; on the far right on the same level as the playing card behind the newspaper, a numbered playing card (possibly the seven of spades), covered by an image of a military insignia(?). On the bottom level lower left, a print, after the painting Battle of Blenheim by John Wootton, showing the Battle of Blenheim identified as “Hostetten” (left) and Blenheim (right) with calvary charging into the Danube and a commander on a horse rearing, hoofs raised, in the left foreground. In the lower right, a sheet with the title of the medley, artist statement, and imprint.

 

  • Printmaker: Nicholls, Sutton, printmaker, artist.
  • Title: The English general eternized [graphic] / designed, engraven and sold by Sutton Nicholls in Aldergate Street, near the Half Moon Tavern, London.
  • Publication: [London] : [Sutton Nicholls], [1706]

Catalog Record

706.00.00.02+

Acquired May 2020

O’ the roast beef of old England…

description below

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

Memoirs of Theodore Lane

description below

A bound album with “Biographical sketch of the life of Mr. Theodore Lane” (pages [33]-59 from Pierce Egan’s 1831 publication: The show folks! (London : Printed for M. Arnold, 1831)), extra-illustrated with portraits of actors, actors in performances, playwrights, and art patrons, followed by cropped impressions, mounted, of the twenty-seven hand-colored plates that accompanied with Pierce Egan’s 1825 The life of an actor and on the final four leaves the nine small, black and white vignettes, also of theatrical scenes also from Egan’s Life of an actor. Lane was an English painter and engraver, who excelled at comic illustration. Also bound in at the front is an autograph letter from Egan dated 15 June 1832 to Mr. Elliott.

 

  • Author: Egan, Pierce, 1772-1849.
  • Title: Memoirs of Theodore Lane : printed text and manuscript / by Pierce Egan.
  • Production: England, circa 1825?

Catalog Record

Quarto 56 Eg13 832m

Acquired June 2020

Analysis of the London ball-room

title page

  • Title: Analysis of the London ball-room : in which is comprised, The history of the polite art, from the earliest period, interspersed with characteristic observations on each of its popular divisions of country dances, which contain a selection of the most fashionable and popular; quadrilles, including Paine’s first set, and a selection from the operas of La gazza ladra, Il don Giovanni, Der freischutz, Pietro l’Eremita, and Il Tancredi; and waltzes: the whole, with the figures annexed to each, calculated for the use of domestic assemblies, and arranged for the piano-forte.
  • Publication: London : Printed for Thomas Tegg, 73, Cheapside, and R. Griffin and Co. Glasgow, 1825.

Catalog Record

74 825 An532

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

George Cruikshank : the artist, the humorist, and the man

description below

Extra-illustrated with 116 additional prints and autograph material: 82 etchings, caricatures, engraved plates, illustrated title pages, and broadsides by George Cruikshank, of which 24 are hand-colored, mounted and captioned in pencil having been trimmed to the image with loss of imprints

 

  • Author: Bates, William, -1884, author.
  • Title: George Cruikshank : the artist, the humorist, and the man, with some account of his brother Robert : a critico-bibliographical essay / by William Bates … ; with numerous illustrations by G. Cruickshank including several from original drawings in the possession of the author.
  • Edition: Second edition, revised, and augmented by a copiously annotated bibliographical appendix, and additional plates on India paper.
  • Publication: London : Houlston and Sons, Paternoster Square ; Birmingham : Houghton and Hammond, Scotland Passage, 1879.

Catalog Record

75 C889 S879

Acquired March 2020

Sarah Malcolm

description below

A reversed copy of a Hogarth print. Portrait of Sarah Malcolm, shown three-quarter length and seated as she leans with her hands on a table to left, looking back over her left shoulder. She wears a white apron and a white shawl over her head. A bloody knife has been added, on the table.

 

  • Title: Sarah Malcolm [graphic] : executed in Fleet Street, March the 7th 1733 for robbing [the] chambers of Mrs. Lydia Duncomb in [the] Temple, & murdering her, Eliz. Harrison, & Ann Price / Hogarth pinx.
  • Edition: [State with price burnished from plate].
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [not before 1733]

Catalog Record

55 M243 733

Acquired November 2020