A view of the canal, Chinese building, rotunde, in Ranelagh Gardens

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A view of Ranelagh Gardens during a masquarade, with the revellers wearing masks. After a design by Canaletto. For an engraving of the same scene in reverse, published by Robert Sayer in 1752, see British Museum online catalogue, registration no.: 1880,1113.2450.

  • Title: A view of the canal, Chinese building, rotunde [sic], in Ranelagh Gardens, with masquarade [sic] [graphic] = Vüe du canal, du batiment chinois, de la rotunda, &c. des Jardins de Ranelagh, un jour de masquarade / […?] sculp.
  • Publication: [France?] : [publisher not identified], [ca. 1765]

Catalog Record

765.00.00.94+

Acquired April 2022

A catalogue of new and useful maps, curious & entertaining prints….

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“Frontispiece for ‘A Catalogue of News and Useful Maps Curious and Entertaining Prints, Books of Architecture, Great Variety of Drawing Books in all the Branches of Penmanship And the best of each Kind’; title on scroll, surrounded by prints and maps.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Title: A catalogue of new and useful maps, curious & entertaining prints, books of architecture, great variety of drawing books on the best principles from the greatest masters, copy books in all the branches of penmanship, and the best of each kind, printed for Robt. Sayer at the Golden Buck near Serjeants Inn, Fleetstreet, London [graphic] : where mercheants, gentlemen, and shopkeepers, &c. may be supplied on the best terms.
  • Publication: [London] : [Robert Sayer], [ca. 1766]

Catalog Record

File 66 766 C357

Acquired November 2021

The cradle hymn

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“Heading to a broadside printed in two columns. The King, a bloated and whiskered infant, sleeps in a cradle, rocked by Sidmouth (right), a lean old woman wearing a cap and bag-wig, who sits in a rocking-chair, his clyster-pipe (cf. British Museum Satires No. 9849) on the ground. The cradle is surmounted by a pagoda with bells, and ornamented by two large crocodiles, representing the Chinese dragons of the Pavilion, cf. British Museum Satires No. 12749. On it are also a sun, with a fool’s cap in its disk, between crescent moons. Round the cradle lie toys: soldiers, mounted lancers, &c., on wheels, a cannon, a sceptre, a crown with a toy windmill stuck in it. With these are papers: ‘Divorce’; ‘Protocal’ [sic]; ‘Send her to Hell’. The infant holds a coral and bells and a corkscrew. Castlereagh sits over the fire warming a napkin. Canning (see British Museum Satires No. 13737) walks off to the left, disgustedly carrying the pan of a commode decorated with a crown and ‘G.R.’ On the chimneypiece are pap-boat, bottle of ‘Dolby’s Carminative, &c’. (Dolby was a radical bookseller, ‘Dalby’s carminative’ a well-known remedy for infants). A large ‘Green Bag’ hangs on the wall. In a doorway behind Sidmouth, inscribed ‘French Dolls’, stand two young women, in evening dress, stiff and impassive.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Cruikshank, Robert, 1789-1856, printmaker.
  • Title: The cradle hymn [graphic] : new version / I.R. Cruikshank fecit.
  • Publication: [London] : Published by T. Dolby, 299, Strand, and 34, Wardour Street, Soho, [ca. July 1820]

Catalog Record

820.07.00.01

Acquired November 2021

T.F. Salter, hat maker, at the Gold Laced Hat and Fame

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Trade card of Thomas Frederick Salter, a milliner who ran several shops in London during the late eighteenth century and first half of the nineteenth century. The shopfront of his longest-standing premises at 47 Charing Cross is depicted at the bottom of the card, its windows full of hats in various styles, mostly men’s hats. At the top of the card a depiction of the process of hat making, showing a team of men working on different elements of the manufacturing process.

  • Creator: Salter, T. F. (Thomas Frederick), active 1814-1826.
  • Title: T.F. Salter, hat maker, at the Gold Laced Hat and Fame, 47 Charing Cross, London [graphic] : military & naval hats / Carpenter sculpt.
  • Publication: [London] : [T.F. Salter], [between 1793 and 1843]

Catalog Record

File 66 793 Sa176

Acquired November 2021

The true and affecting history of Henrietta Belgrave

medley of colored depictions of woman's life

  • Title: The true and affecting history of Henrietta Belgrave, : woman born only for calamities: Being an unhappy daughter, a wretched wife, and an unfortunate mother. Containing a series of the most uncommon adventures that ever befel[sic] one person, by sea and land; particularly the shipwreck of herself and parents, her falling into the power of a brutal villain, her timely rescue by a party of Indian hunters, and her further sufferings, to her death. / Written by herself, and addressed to her daughter, Zoa.
  • Publication: Derby : Thomas Richardson; Simpkin, Marshall, and Co., ; London, [1830?]

Catalog Record

763 830 T865

Acquired March 2022

Maps and prints sold and fram’d for parlors

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A trade card advertising the services provided by the printseller and picture restorer Robert Hulton, whose shop was at on the corner of Pall Mall facing the Haymarket. A medley print with text in image on the left “Paintings, prints & Indian picktures [sic] carfully [sic] clean’d. mended and lined” and on the right “The following particulars made & sold very cheap by Rt. Hulton at the corner of Pallmall facing [the] Hay-markett, St. James’s, London.

  • Title: Maps and prints sold and fram’d for parlors, staircases and closets at reasonable rates [graphic] : merchants or other dealers in towne or country may be furnished whole sale or retaile at [the] lowest prizes.
  • Publication: [London] : [Robert Hulton], [not after 1743]

Catalog Record

File 66 743 M297

Acquired November 2021

Tight lacing

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An elderly lady with towering coiffure topped with feathers and ribbons holds tightly to the post of a canopy bed, as her equally old and ugly maid, bracing a foot on the lady’s cork rump, tightens her stays

  • Title: Tight lacing [graphic] / RS [monogram] ; J.H.
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. 5 Marh. 1777 by W. Humphrey, Gerrard Street, Soho …, [5 March 1777]

Catalog Record

777.03.05.01.1

Acquired July 2021

Archd. Robertson, print-seller and drawing-master

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“Trade card of Archibald Robertson, drawing master, at Savill Row Passage, adjoining Squib’s Auction Room; a street with Robertson’s shop to the right, figures on the pavement, an arched passageway at the end of the street; in oval with figures at the bottom corners; text below.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Creator: Robertson, Archibald, 1765-1835.
  • Title: Archd. Robertson, print-seller and drawing-master, in Savill Row Passage, adjoining Squib’s auction room [graphic] : sells great variety of Italian, French and Dutch prints and drawings; best Swiss-crayons, variety of drawing paper, port crayons, all sorts of Italian and French chalks …
  • Publication: [London] : [Archibald Robertson], [ca. 1777]

Catalog Record

File 66 777 R649

Acquired November 2021

Benjamin & John Osgood carpenters

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A trade card illustrated with craftsmen engaged in the activities of their trade as carpenters and architects as well as furnishing funerals.

  • Title: Benjamin & John Osgood carpenters, at the Rising Sun by London Stone in Cannon Street [graphic] : perform all sorts of carpenters work; survey and measure land, and all kinds of work, & draw accurate plans &c. They also furnish funerals to any part of Grt. Britain &c. NB. A convenient house for publick or private funerals.
  • Publication: [London] : [Benjamin & John Osgood], [between 1811 and 1820?]

Catalog Record

File 66 811 B468

Acquired November 2021

Family grocery warehouse

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Trade card for the Dawbarn family grocery warehouse, situated in Aldermanbury, London. It shows a man wearing typical Chinese dress, sitting on boxes on the banks of a river. Behind him looms a large pagoda, and to his right a box, an urn, and a basket overflowing with goods.

  • Title: Family grocery warehouse. T. Dawbarn, 59, Aldermanbury, facing the Axe Inn [graphic] / Davies sc., 30 Goodge St.
  • Publication: [London] : [T. Dawbarn], [1816?]

Catalog Record

File 66 816 F198

Acquired November 2021