Britannia mourn!

printed music sheet

Song sheet with an etching at top showing Britannia and Prince Leopold mourning at the tomb of Princess Charlotte. Music on two staves with interlinear words. Additional three stanzas in three columns below. Text and music within mourning border.


  • Creator: Keith, Robert William, 1787-1846.
  • Title: Britannia mourn! Elegiac verses on the much lamented death of H.R.H. the Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales, daughter of His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, & consort of His Serene Highness the Prince of Coburg, who departed this life Nov. 6, 1817, in the 22nd year of her age / by the Revd. M. Sibley, and set to music by R.W. Keith.
  • Publication: London : Published at No. 91, Aldersgate Street, [1817]

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File 56 C47 817K+

Acquired August 2022


The old proprietors advice

description below

“Prince Leopold (right), in uniform, puts his head through a glassless aperture in a window in the door of his ‘Grecian Establish[ment]–Co[burg]’, to look intently at a fat Turk who stands in profile to the right, elaborately dressed and holding a long pipe with smoking bowl. The door, partly cut off by the right margin, is flanked by a Corinthian pillar and set in a wall on which are placards: ‘This . Shop!!! will shortly open under entire new Management–Vivant [sic] Rex’; a Union Jack poster (partly covered); the Russian eagle, and a fleur-de-lis, the two last inscribed ‘Loan’. The Turk: ‘What have you taken the Shop? well if you take my advice you will not give Your Customers too much Credit for I can tell you they are a queer set to deal with by the bye they nearly ruined me–and mind that you look sharp after your Shopmen’.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Heath, William, 1795-1840, printmaker.
  • Title: The old proprietors advice [graphic] / William Heath.
  • Publication: [London] : Pub. April 10, 1830, by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket, [10 April 1830]

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Acquired November 2020

A comfortable thing to be king of Greece

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“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]

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Acquired November 2020

Her Majesty Queen Caroline landing at Dover

Queen Caroline walks down a plank balanced between a jolly boat and the shore; she is assisted by her son-in-law Prince Leopald, dressed in black. A cheering crowd stands on the beach, waving their hats in the air, behind an officer who tips his hat at the Queen. Sailors push the boat onto the shingle while a ship called “Prince Leopold” (in reference to her son-in-law) is anchored in the distance.

  • Title: Her Majesty Queen Caroline landing at Dover, on the 5th of June, 1820, after an absence of 5 years, to demand her rights, dignities, & priveleges as Queen of England [graphic] : dedicated to the feelings of the British Nation, by W.B. Walker.
  • Publication: [London] : [W.B. Walker], [not before 5 June 1820]

Catalog Record

820.06.05.01+ Framed

Acquired September 2019


Sacred to the memory of H.R.H. the Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales

Engraved card printed within black mourning border

Engraved card printed within black mourning border, illustrated above title with an image of Prince Leopold and Britannia in front of Princess Charlotte’s tomb adorned with her portrait and topped with an urn. Six numbered stanzas of a hymn and two staves of music are engraved at the bottom.

  • Title: Sacred to the memory of H.R.H. the Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales, the beloved consort of Prince Leopold & only daughter to the Prince Regent of England : who was born Jany. 7, 1796, and died in childbed Novr. 6, 1817, universally lamented.
  • Publication: London : Published by Thos. Crabb, Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row, 1817.

Catalog RecordĀ 

File 66 817 Sa123

Acquired March 2019