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

Memoirs of Theodore Lane

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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

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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

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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

 

Memoirs of Mrs. Fitzherbert

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Extra-illustrated with the addition of 54 portraits and views (some hand-colored) ranging in date from the late 18th to the late 19th century, inlaid to size. Also bound in at the end is a publisher’s catalog (45, [3] pages) dated New Burlington Street, Jan. 1, 1856

 

  • Author: Langdale, Chas (Charles), 1787-1868, author.
  • Title: Memoirs of Mrs. Fitzherbert; with an account of her marriage with H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, afterwards King George IV / by the Hon. Charles Langdale.
  • Publication: London : Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, publisherin ordinary to Her Majesty, MDCCCLVI [1856]

Catalog Record

53 H645 S856

Acquired March 2020

A visit to London

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Six plates with titles: London from Camberwell (on the South). Blackfriar’s Bridge [illegible]. The menagerie in the Tower. Westminister Bridge, Hall, & Abbey. London Bridge & the monument. The Juvenile Library.

 

  • Author: S. W., active 1801-1820?, author.
  • Title: A visit to London : containing a description of the principal curiosities in the British metropolis / by S.W. ; with six copper plates.
  • Manufacture: London : Printed by J. Adlard, Duke-Street, Smithfield. For Tabart and Co., at the Juvenile and School Library, No. 157, New Bond-Street; and to be had of all booksellers, 1808.

Catalog Record

659 808S

Acquired March 2020

Gay’s Fables

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An engraved writing sheet illustrated with seven scenes from Gay’s Fables, each with rhyming couplet below. At head, and the largest scene, is ‘The Shepherd and the Philosopher’; six smaller scenes form the right and left borders below. A garlanded motif, designed to carry a hand-inserted date-line, is at the foot.

 

  • Title: Gay’s Fables [graphic].
  • Publication: London : Published by Robt. Sayer, map, chart & printseller, No. 53 Fleet Street, as the act directs, Novr. 17th, 1787.

Catalog Record

787.11.17.01++

Acquired May 2020

The British volunteer

title page

General history of the formation and establishment of the volunteer and associated corps

 

  • Title: The British volunteer, or, A general history of the formation and establishment of the volunteer and associated corps, enrolled for the protection and defence of Great Britain. Embellished with portraits, and plates of tactics.
  • Publication: London : Printed by C. Whittingham, Dean Street, Fetter Lane; and published by T. Egerton, at the Military Library, Whitehall; sold by J. F. Tomkins, … [and 5 others], 1799.

Catalog Record 

63 799 B862

Acquired January 2020