Collection of ephemera from an album

From left to right: silhouette of a man, drawing of a bouquet of flowers, watercolor of a young boy

A collection of original art removed from an album: silhouettes, pressed flowers, a valentine, and drawing. The silhouettes include one of a woman in an academic gown and cap mounted on Art-Union of London ticket for entrance to an event at Theatre Royal, Lyceum on 25 April 1854; two views of the same man(?) identified as “James Evans” (on verso: Professor Rees) one with highlighting in gold. The pressed flowers are a small sheet with leaves or petals of a pink hue. The valentine is small drawing of bright flowers with a motto “Toujours unies par l’amitié” with a gold border. Also included is an amateur watercolor of a “Peasant boy” in a smock, standing on a grassy mound.

  • Artist: Hughes, J., active 1872, artist.
  • Title: [Collection of ephemera from an album] [art original].
  • Production: [Wales], [30 March 1872]

Catalog Record

LWL Mss Vol. 269

Acquired May 2021

Man playing a horn

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Half-length portrait of a man, in profile to the right, playing a horn. On the back, a pencil sketch of the backs of two figures.

 

  • Artist: Nixon, John, -1818, artist.
  • Title: [Man playing a horn] [art original].
  • Production: [England], [not after 1818]

Catalog Record

Drawings N736 no. 9 Box D141

Acquired January 2020

Arrival of the flotilla of Admiral Howe

description belowUnsigned; attributed to Rowlandson.
Inscribed on verso: Names of the Ships taken by Lord Howe on 1st of June 1794, and brought into Portsmouth Harbour; Sans Pareille 84 Guns, L’America 74, Limpetue 84, Northumberland 84, Achille 76, La Vengeur 74.

 

  • Artist: Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, artist.
  • Title: [Arrival of the flotilla of Admiral Howe into Portsmouth Harbour on 1 June 1794] [art original].
  • Production: [England], [1794]

Catalog Record

Drawings R79 no. 17 Box 2

Acquired August 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

Dancers at a ball

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An exoticly dressed man and wild hair dances with a woman in a large headdress and flowing gown as three figures look on

 

  • Artist: Cruikshank, Robert, 1789-1856, artist.
  • Title: [Dancers at a ball] [art original] / R. Cruikshank.
  • Production: [England], [not after 1856]

Catalog Record

Drawings C89 no. 1 Box D205

Acquired November 2020

The Ram’s Head Inn

men in a tavern

A scene in a tavern with a pair of inebriated men sitting on a bench in front of fireplace, smoking pipes and drinking from tankards, a dog at their feet. Another man from the next booth leans over the wall to engage them in conversation which they seem not to enjoy. In the next booth (right) a group of four men play cards while a fifth looks on.

 

  • Artist: Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, artist.
  • Title: [The Ram’s Head Inn] [art original].
  • Production: [England], [ca. 1785]

Catalog Record

Drawings R79 no.16 Box 2

Acquired August 2020

Revd. Mr. Cotes of Ealing

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Three half-length sketches of men in two rows, two on the top row are shown bust-length facing left, while the one below is shown half-length playing a bassoon. Only the portrait on the top right is identified by the artist

 

  • Artist: Nixon, John, -1818, artist.
  • Title: Revd. Mr. Cotes of Ealing [art original].
  • Production: [England], [not after 1818]

Catalog Record 

Drawings N736 no. 10

Acquired January 2020

Georgian playing cards

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A set of playing cards drawn by an unidentified artist, showing caricatured figures; each vignette incorporates the formation of hearts or diamonds into the scene. Some of the cards are numbered or annotated on the backs while others show drafts of other sketches. The set contains only the red suits and with cards numbered from one to ten in each, although some numbers are missing and there are multiples of other numbers. Illustrations are also duplicated while others appear not to have been finished. There are no cards with clubs and spades. A number of the cards center on Shakespearean themes, social history and street scenes (such as courtroom drama, musicians performing, a man in the stocks and, in a few, card playing itself). Some of the scenes depicted on these cards show the more ribald, drawing from Macbeth’s Weird Sisters, Twelfth Night, King John, and The Merry Wives of Windsor; several are annotated on the reverse with lines from the plays. Falstaff is featured on several cards. Many of the cards reflect the mores of the period and the contrast between ruling passions and rules of conduct. In one, two men cast judgment upon a pregnant woman. It is annotated on the reverse with a dialogue between a Constable and a Judge. In “Village School” a schoolteacher manages to simultaneously hold a book and pinch a child’s ear (nine of hearts). Other subjects include a game of chess (five of diamonds); drinking and smoking in a pub (seven of diamonds); and “Bunbury’s Country Club” in which the artist has kept elements from the print (published circa 1788) for the six of diamonds. On one card the artist depicts a game of whist (annotated on the reverse “Can you one?”) for the ten of diamonds.

 

  • Title: [Georgian playing cards] [art original].
  • Production: [England], ca. 1800-1820.

Catalog Record

Drawings Un58 G

Acquired February 2020

The itinerant chancellor

description belowA copy of the caricature of the British Statesman and High Lord Chancellor Henry Peter Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux (1778-1868), that appeared in the center of an print that was published on 1 October 1834 in Every body’s album & caricature magazine, no. 19. He is depicted as a very thin traveller wearing a Scottish tam over his wig and using a broom as a walking stick; his shoe is worn through. He carries a wooden post labelled “Scratching post”, a box stamped “Containing the freedoms of all the Scotch towns” and a bag with the words “Broken victuals the leavings of the Edinburgh blow out”. Around his waist is another bag, “Oat meal”. Above the image framed in lines in gold ink: “I flatter myself I’ve made a tolerable good job by my “Starring it” with Old Grey in the North! Sold all my numbers of the Penny Magazine, and well puff’d it through every town I went. Made little less than one hundred speeches about, I forget now, Received some score of Burgesses, Freedoms, and Invitations to as many dinners, where I blew my own trumpet & obtained plenty of orders from our Usefull Knowledge Society! Now, woe to the unstamn’d when I get home! I must have a good scrub at my skin presently; I reckon I have got a taste of the fiddle through my itch for travelling!

  • Creator: M., M. S., artist.
  • Title: The itinerant chancellor [art original] / M.S.M. pinxt. March 39.
  • Production: [England], [March 1839]

Catalog Record

Drawings M999 no. 1 Box D205

Acquired December 2019

Sketchbook recording a tour in central and southern France

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An album of sketches largely comprised of images drawn by a traveller in central and southern France in the late 1820s and early 1830s. The images, executed in a variety of media and styles, are mostly skillfully drawn landscapes, elevations of buildings, and people in local costume, with captions in French (with some English)

  • Title: [Sketchbook recording a tour in central and southern France, with a few British views] [art original].
  • Production: [France and England], 1827-1841.

Catalog Record

82 827Sk

Acquired October 2019