Slight of hand by a monkey, or, The ladys head unloaded

A lady walking along a high orchard wall has her enormous headdress, trimmed wtih lace and ribbons, pulled from her head by a monkey perched atop the wall. She clasps her hand to her bare head, a look of surprise on her face. A man perched on a ladder picking apples in the orchard looks over the wall in amusement at the scene.

  • Title: Slight of hand by a monkey, or, The ladys head unloaded [graphic].
  • Publication: [Alnwick] : Printed and published by W. Davison, Alnwick, [between 1812 and 1817]

Catalog Record 

812.00.00.108

Acquired September 2019

A crop shop

The interior of barber shop: On the left a man stands before a mirror, face contorted as he wipes his jaw, unaware of the boy behind him pointing and laughing at him as he holds the man’s pigtail in his hand. Another customer is shown in the center seated on a chair, the barber behind him about to cut off his pigtail as well. The third man sits in a chair on the right, reading a newspaper; his lower head is also shorn of its pigtail. The room show other customers as well as stands for wigs. Above the door on the right hangs a sign “R. Crop’em, hair dresser”, a second sign beneath reads “Shave for a penny. Crop for two penny.” Through the window on the left in the back, is a display of ladies’ hats.

  • PrintmakerNewton, Richard, 1777-1798, printmaker.
  • Titlecrop shop [graphic] / R.N.
  • PublicationLondon : Pubd. Octr. 8, 1791, by W. Holland, No. 50 Oxford St., [8 October 1791]

Catalog Record 

791.10.08.02+

Acquired May 2017

The ladies tablet, or, Town and country pocket journal


Added following the memorandum portion of the book are sections describing country dances, recipes for hair and gums, perfumes, whitening teeth, remove freckles, darken eyebrows, etc,

  • TitleThe ladies tablet, or, Town and country pocket journal, and select memorandum-book, for the year 1777 : containing I. Address to the ladies. II. Table of contents. III. List of holiday observered at banks …
  • PublicationDublin : Printed for J. Beatty, No. 32, Skinner-Row, MDCCLXXVII [1777]

Catalog Record

145 L158 1777

Acquired November 2016

The ladies toilet

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Adapted from work originally published as L’art de la coëffure des dames françoises (Paris, 1765)

  • Author: Legros, Sieur, fl. 1765.
  • Title: The ladies toilet, or, The art of head-dressing in its utmost beauty and extent : Exemplified in a great variety of figures or patterns / by the Sieur Le Groos, the inventor and most eminent professor of that science in Paris ; engraved by G. Bickham, of Richmond Surry.
  • Published: London : Printed for George Bickham where it may be had … and at T. Butcher’s … at John Bickham’s …, and at the pamphlet-shops…, and all the booksellers in England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1768

Catalog Record

657 768 L44

Acquired November 2010

Slight of hand by a monkey, or, The lady’s head unloaded

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 A lady walking along a high orchard wall has her enormous headdress, trimmed with lace and ribbons, pulled from her head by a monkey perched atop the wall. She clasps her hand to her bare head, a look of surprise on her face. A man perched on a ladder picking apples in the orchard looks over the wall in amusement at the scene. A butcher’s boy with a large tray stands in the street equally amused by the scene.

  • Title: Slight of hand by a monkey, or, The lady’s head unloaded [graphic].
  • Published: [London : Printed for Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse No. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London, published as the act directs, 25 Oct. 1776]

Catalog Record  & Digital Collection

776.10.25.01+

Acquired April 2003

[A barber’s shop]

[A barber's shop]

A scene in a barber’s shop in which the center figure is a man seated, full-face, swathed in a sheet, while a boy (left) applies tongs to his hair, which a man (right) is combing. In the foreground (left) a customer is seated, clasping his bald head with a concerned expression as he reads a newspaper “Morning post” dated Nov. 3, 1807.

    • Artist: Bunbury, Henry William, 1750-1811.
    • Title: [A barber’s shop]
    • Created: [London, 1807]

Catalog record & Digital collection

Drawer Drawings B87 no. 29

Acquired October 2012

Can you forbear laughing

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“A lady stands at her dressing-table (right), her hair in an enormous pyramid decorated with feathers torn from a peacock, an ostrich and a cock. A young girl wearing a hat holds the peacock by a wing; another wearing a cap tugs hard at one of its tail feathers (which are very unlike peacock’s feathers). An ostrich (left), which has lost most of its tail feathers, is about to pluck out those which ornament the lady’s hair. A cock stands in the foreground (right), having lost almost all its tail feathers, many of which lie on the floor. A black servant wearing a turban stands on his mistress’s right, handing feathers from a number which he holds in his left hand. The lady, who faces three-quarter to the right, is elaborately dressed in the fashion of the day. Her pyramid of hair is decorated with lappets of lace and festoons of jewels as well as with feathers. She wears large earrings, a necklace with a cross, her bodice is cut very low, and her elbow sleeves have lace ruffles. A pannelled wall forms the background.”–British Museum online catalog.

  • Printmaker: Dawe, Philip.
  • Published: London : Printed for R. Sayer & J. Bennett, No. 53 Fleet Street, as the act directs 14 June 1776.

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

776.06.14.01+

Acquired November 2012