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?]

Catalog Record

760.00.00.110+

Acquired November 2019

The historians

A lady (Mrs. Catherine Macaulay) with an aquiline profile sits at a table opposite a clergy man (Dr. Wilson) as she writes with a quill pen. The walls are lined with full bookshelves separated in the middle by a fireplace with a mantelpiece on which sits a bust of “Alfred rex”. Both figures wear the same enormous hair as in British Museum no. 5441.

  • PrintmakerDarly, Mattina, printmaker.
  • TitleThe historians [graphic] / Mattina Darly sculp.
  • Publication[London] : Pub. May 1, 1777, by MDarly, 39 Strand, [1 May 1777]

Catalog Record 

777.05.01.08

Acquired April 2018

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

A lecture on wigs illustrated by a man who does not wear one

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6 plates of dignitaries in official wigs, law wig, bar wig, reverend wig, etc., the top 5 with cutouts revealing face on the 6th plate which is depicted with natural uncut and unattractive locks.

  • Title: A lecture on wigs illustrated by a man who does not wear one : addressed to all the wig wearers and wig makers in the United Kingdom.
  • Published: London : Printed and published for the author, by Gold and Walton, 24, Wardour Street, Soho, 1818.

Catalog Record

657 818 L43

Acquired November 2003

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

[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