A comfortable thing to be king of Greece

description below

“Prince Leopold sits enthroned, flanked by his new subjects; he wears uniform with a crown, and sits on a two-tiered circular dais in a chair of state, the seat of which is covered with giant thorns. Punctured and frightened, he grasps the arms of his chair with crisped fingers; his toes are drawn back, touching the ground, and he looks towards a savage-looking Greek (right) who kneels before him with a long knife held behind his back. A similar ruffian kneels on the left; others approach menacingly from the left, one smoking a long pipe and grasping a knife. They wear Greek costume with embroidered jackets and full white breeches. On the right are long-robed ecclesiastics, headed by a bearded patriarch with a cross in one hand, a knife in the other.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Heath, William, 1795-1840, printmaker.
  • Title: A comfortable thing to be king of Greece [graphic] / W. Heath.
  • Publication: [London] : Pub. March 6, 1830 by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket, [6 March 1830]

Catalog Record


Acquired November 2020

Thomas Martin, No. 44 Gracechurch Street

description belowA trade card for Thomas Martin, illustrated around the perimeter with tools of his trade including various kinds of knives and a fork, scissors, pocket books, belt buckles, and cocks. Also in three corners are images of a composer seated before type trays, a printer working at his press, and a weaver working his loom.

  • Creator: Martin, Thomas, active 1783-1795.
  • Title: Thomas Martin, No. 44 Gracechurch Street, London [graphic] : wholesale hardwareman, pocket book maker, printer & silk weaver … / Jones fecit, Crown Court near St. Anna Soho.
  • Publication: [London] : [Thomas Martin], [between 1783 and 1795?]

Catalog Record

File 66 783 M379

Acquired June 2019