Mrs. Edwards, Paragon, Black Heath

description below

Date based on the February 1813 lease to Mrs. Rebecca Edwards of No. 12 ‘The Paragon’ Blackheath, which appears to have been acquired to open her school for ladies.
Engraved throughout; with greek-key and hatchwork border.
Text continues with itemized price list for “The elements of astronomy and geography scientifically”, “Music”, “Drawing”, and “Writing”, followed by the statement “Latin, Greek and Italian by respectable masters”.


  • Title: Mrs. Edwards, Paragon, Black Heath. Ladies instructed in the useful attainments and elegant accomplishments. General tuition and French grammatically, forty five guineas per annum. Entrance three guineas …
  • Publication: [London] : [Mrs. Edwards], [1813]

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File 659 813 M939

Acquired May 2020

To the worthy and independent electors of Westminster

description belowA Westminster election handbill.


  • Author: Townshend, John, Lord.
  • Title: To the worthy and independent electors of Westminster. Gentlemen, I beg leave to return you my best thanks …
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [1788]

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File 646 788 T753

Acquired March 2020

An exact representation of toupies

description belowA print with 16 numbered oval images, four rows of four images, showing women hairstyles and hairpieces decorated with ribbons and lace.

  • Title: An exact representation of toupies [sic] on a new construction, and other kinds of false hair, made by J. Pyke, no. 24 Milk Street, Cheapside, London [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : [J. Pyke], [between 1760 and 1770?]

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Acquired November 2019

Tomkin’s Picture Lottery

  • Author: Tomkin’s Picture Lottery.
  • Title: Tomkin’s Picture Lottery. : One half of the tickets are printed in black, and the other half in red ink; and the drawing is so arranged, that one colour must be all prizes, and the other collour all blanks; so that the purchaser of a red ticket and a black ticket is sure to gain a prize. Tickets three guineas each, to be had at the exhibition, Nos. 53 and 54, New Bond-Street, (where the prizes are exhibited gratis,) and at all the lottery offices. Schedule of the prizes. …
  • Publication: [London, England] : [publisher not identified], [1821]

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File 66 821 T658

Acquired October 2019


Anniversary meeting of the Charity Children

An engraved admission ticket with the St. Paul’s Cathedral in a rondel in the center flanked on the left with an figure of a boy in a niche with the words “Naked & ye clothed us” below and on the right a girl, also in a niche, with the words “Ignorance & ye instructed us” below. Above the rondel is engraved in frame: Date et dabitur vobis.

  • Creator: Patrons of the Anniversary of the Charity-Schools (Society)
  • Title: Anniversary meeting of the Charity Children in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, London [graphic].
  • Manufacture: [London] : [Society of Patrons], [1821]
    [London] : Norris & Son, sc. Moorfields, [1821]

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File 646 821 P314+

Acquired June 2019

You are desired to accompany the Society of Painters

An invitation to accompany the Society of Painters at St Lukes Feast on Thursday 24 November, 1687 in Painter Stayner’s Hall; with a cartouche illustrated with an allegory of the arts with painting in the center, with winged Fame holding a laurel crown In the top corners are emblems of painting and architecture and on the bottom, drawing (disegno) and sculpture as a putto.

  • Author: Worshipful Company of Painters.
  • Title: You are desired to accompany the Society of Painters [blank] of [the] clock in Painter Stayners Hall where you shall be entertain’d by us [blank] [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [ca. 1687]

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Acquired September 2019

Hare & Co., designers and engravers

A decorative handbill or trade card, divided in three compartments, all framed in a neo-Gothic border. In the center framed by three Gothic arches the word “Mechanical” is etched below images of three machines including a steam powered tractor and printing press; etched below is an advertisement for the firm Hare & Co., located in the Strand, London.

  • Author: Hare & Co.
  • Title: Hare & Co., designers and engravers on wood, patent agents, printers, electrotypists. 31 Essex Strand, London, W.C [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : [Hare & Co.], [ca. 1890]

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File 66 890 H274

Acquired September 2019

Thomas Martin, No. 44 Gracechurch Street

description belowA trade card for Thomas Martin, illustrated around the perimeter with tools of his trade including various kinds of knives and a fork, scissors, pocket books, belt buckles, and cocks. Also in three corners are images of a composer seated before type trays, a printer working at his press, and a weaver working his loom.

  • Creator: Martin, Thomas, active 1783-1795.
  • Title: Thomas Martin, No. 44 Gracechurch Street, London [graphic] : wholesale hardwareman, pocket book maker, printer & silk weaver … / Jones fecit, Crown Court near St. Anna Soho.
  • Publication: [London] : [Thomas Martin], [between 1783 and 1795?]

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File 66 783 M379

Acquired June 2019

Geo. Pulley Esqr., map & printseller at Rembrandt’s Head

description belowA medley print advertising the business of map and printseller George Pulley with portrait prints, caricatures, and satires overlaid on images of maps, some prints with identifiable titles (e.g. The contrast). According to the British Musuem online catalogue (September 2019) trade cards of the same design were used by Michael Jackson and Peter and Elizabeth Griffin.

  • Title: Geo. Pulley Esqr., map & printseller at Rembrandt’s Head in New Round Court, Strand, London [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : [Geo. Pulley], [mid-18th century]

Catalog Record

File 66 740 G347

Acquired June 2019