A Christmas box

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“A front elevation of a theatre-box crammed with delighted children fills the design. In the front row are a lady and four little girls. In the middle sits the father, one small boy on his knee, an arm round another child. Eight more children fill the box. Behind them a lady chooses fruit from an old woman’s basket. Two men stand behind. Over the front of the box hangs a playbill: During the Xmas Holidays–Pantomime of Harliquin–Clown by Mr G [Grimaldi].”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878, printmaker.
  • Title: A Christmas box [graphic] / S.K. invt. ; G. Ck. fect.
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. Decr. 26th, 1826, by S. Knights, Sweetings [A]lley, Royal Exchange, [26 December 1826]

Catalog Record

826.12.26.01

Acquired November 2020

A master parson with a good living

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In a richly decorated and carpeted interior, an obese clergyman with his equally large, bespectacled wife sit at a dining table with their three children; on the back wall hangs a portrait of the clergyman. He raises a wineglass to his lips as a servant uncorks another bottle of wine.

 

  • Artist: Dighton, Robert, 1752-1814, artist.
  • Title: [A master parson with a good living] [art original].
  • Production: [England], [ca. 1782]

Catalog Record

Drawings D574 no. 6 Framed

Acquired October 2020

The vices of the gin shop

"Broadside with five wood-engravings, the largest in the centre showing the drunkard's coat of arms."--British Museum online catalogue.

Letterpress text with wood-engravings on either side of the title at head of sheet: on the left “Temperance and Happy Family” and on the right “Intemperance and Miserable Family”. Below the heading and on the upper half of the sheet, an explanation of a wood-engraving in the center entitled “The Drunkard’s Coat of Arms”. On the lower half of the sheet, a poem in four columns, surrounding another large central image of a drunken crowd, including a woman feeding her infant from a wine glass; the rowdy, celebrating in a room with a row of large barrels labeled “Holland, Brand[y], Rum, Old Tom, Cream of the Valley.”

 

  • Title: The vices of the gin shop, public house, and tavern dissected, or, The folly of dram drinking clearly exhibited.
  • Publication: [London] : J. Quick, [approximately 1833]

Catalog Record

833.00.00.16+

Acquired November 2020

The horrid torture of impalment ….

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A punishment meted out to runaway slaves in Dutch Surinam as recorded by Stedman.

  • PrintmakerElmes, William, active 1797-1820, printmaker.
  • TitleThe horrid torture of impalment [sic] alive as a punishment on runaway slaves [graphic] / Wm. E.
  • PublicationLondon : Pub. by Thos. Tegg, Sep. 9, 1808.

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

808.09.09.01

Acquired July 2016

Capt. Keith & family betrayed & made prisoners by the American Indians

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Capt. Keith struggles as he is attacked by two Indians one of whom has grabbed his rifle while another Indian stands with his tomahawk raised above the Captain’s head. The Captain’s wife with her child in her arms reaches up towards her husband as she kneels in a row boat. Other Europeans are shown in the background left and on the right, frightened, fleeing, or struggling with a band of Indians.

  • PrintmakerElmes, William, active 1797-1820, printmaker.
  • TitleCapt. Keith & family betrayed & made prisoners by the American Indians [graphic] / Elmes.
  • PublicationLondon : Pub. by T. Tegg, Oct. 22, 1808.

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

808.10.22.01

Acquired July 2016

At James Wheeleys Paper Hanging Warehouse

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A fashionable family looks at a roll of wallpaper that the shop clerk is displaying to them. The shop owner jestures to the elaborately decorated pattern on the roll. Another clerk behind the counter looks on as he rolls another bolt.

  • TitleAt James Wheeleys Paper Hanging Warehouse : wholesale retail & for exportation; at No. 25 Aldersgate Street London are manufactured & sold all sorts of emboss’d chints & common papers for rooms … [graphic].
  • Publication[London : James Wheeleys Paper Hanging Warehouse, ca. 1780?]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

File 66 780 At862

Acquired November 2015

The drunkard’s progress

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A city scene with a line of poor men, women, and children lined up from a money lender’s shop to the “Temple of Juniper: Best gin”. In the background crowds stand at the doorways of the workhouse (right) and the county gaol (left).

  • PrintmakerGrant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852.
  • TitleThe drunkard’s progress [graphic] : from the pawnbroker’s to the gin shop from thence to the workhouse thence to the goal & ultimately to the scaffold.
  • Publication[London] : [J. Kendrick], January 1st, 1834.

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

834.01.01.01

Acquired January 2016

Quite politely

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A gentleman in a riding habit (left) rides his horse through the door of a cottage startling the family who sit at their dinner table. The man’s hunting dog jumps at the young son who sits closest to the door; he screams in terror, his fork and knife frozen part way to his mouth and his leg thrown up, spilling a pitcher from the table. The mother raises up her arms in terror, letting the cutlery fly; in her mouth is a gnawed bone. Behind her is a wall with shelves lined with dishes and mugs. Her husband (right), back to the viewer, turns to the intruder pointing a long spear. His knife and fork are on the floor below his chair. The gentleman addresses the cottagers, “Och, dont disturb y’rselves my Nonies I only want to know whether you cou’d be after informing me where I cou’d meet with a decent night’s lodging for man and beast.”

  • Creator: Grant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852, artist.
  • Title: Quite politely [drawing].
  • Created: [England], [between 1830 and 1852?]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Drawings G761 no. 6 Box123

Acquired November 2013

A French barracks

Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, artist

[A French barracks]  / T. Rowlandson 1786

Published: [London?, 1786]

786.00.00.83dr

A view of the interior of busy French barracks shows a more domestic atmosphere than military although weapons and other military gear are scattered around the floor. The scene includes a woman nursing a baby, children playing, woman doing washing.

1 drawing on wove paper : pen, ink and watercolor ; image 24.4 x 36.2 cm.

French barracks [1 drawing on wove paper : pen, ink and watercolor ]Subjects (Library of Congress): Barracks–French; Families.

Lewis Walpole Library new acquisition: June, 2009