A ceremonial for the installation of the Knights Companions…

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  • AuthorOrder of the Bath.
  • TitleA ceremonial for the installation of the Knights Companions of the Most Hon. Order of the Bath, on Monday, the 19th of May, 1788.
  • Publication[London : Order of the Bath?, 1788]

Catalog Record

File 142 788Or+

Acquired July 2015

Letter : Henley, to William Toovey at Turvill Heath

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ALS from Francis Blandy to William Toovey relating to legal instructions and referring to a certain person who “has been getting at [the] knowledge of the affair in order to lessen your allowance.” Also with an 18th century newspaper clipping advertising a publication about Mary Blandy’s affair with Mr. Cranstaun, her crime, and execution, dated 1752.

  • AuthorBlandy, Francis, -1751.
  • TitleLetter : Henley, to William Toovey at Turvill Heath, 1746 August 7.

Catalog Record

LWL Mss File 127

Acquired July 2015

Letters : London, to Thomas Pennant

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Two autograph letters signed, both addressed to the naturalist and traveller Thomas Pennant, reporting on the preparation of several engravings to be used as illustrations for Pennant‘s second Tour in Scotland. He references many of the best engravers of the period: Daniel Lerpinière, Charles Grignion the Elder, John Hall, Alimet, among others.

  • AuthorStuart, James, 1713-1788.
  • TitleLetters : London, to Thomas Pennant, 1773 May 28 and 1773? June.

Catalog Record

LWL Mss File Group 5

Acquired July 2015


Yesterday se’nnight was taken from his labours to his reward…

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  • TitleYesterday se’nnight was taken from his labours to his reward, the Rev. Mr. Catcott, Vicar of Temple, in this city, and chaplain to the Earl of Buchan …
  • Publication[Bristol, England] : [Publisher not identified], June 26, 1779.

Catalog Record

File 66 779 Y47

Acquired July 2015


This is to give notice to the nobility and gentry, that the famous Mr. Zucker …

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First line: I. He will cut off a pigeon’s head with a sword by only drawing the sword through the pigeon’s shadow in the looking-glass

  • TitleThis is to give notice to the nobility and gentry, that the famous Mr. Zucker is just return’d from abroad … These amazing feats consist in a delightful amusement of skill of the eye, hands, and table, never seen in these kingdoms before, and are as follows … .
  • Publication :[London : Publisher not identified, 1761]

Catalog Record

File 66 76- T448

Acquired July 2015

Invoice : St. Luke, High Bridge, Newcastle, to Charles Wren

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On an engraved billhead illustrated with a medallion of St. Luke mixing paint on a palette, Joseph Bell’s itemized invoice to Charles Wren dated 20 July 1782. Motto at the head of the sheet: “Pictures carefully cleaned, lined & repaired, & funeral achievements accurately painted, and picture frames neatly executed in oil, or burnished in gold.”

  • AuthorBell, Joseph, active 1782.
  • TitleInvoice : St. Luke, High Bridge, Newcastle, to Charles Wren, 1782 July 20.

Catalog Record & Digital Image

LWL Mss File 131

Acquired July 2015


To the worthy inhabitants of this ward….

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An appeal for gifts of money in exchange for a pewter token. The dustmen who issued this appeal have gone to the effort of printing this document to protect their business interests from “the Savengers”.

  • TitleTo the worthy inhabitants of this ward : Ladies and gentlemen, we, the constant dustmen of this parish, in the employ of Messrs. Spencer and Wood, make humble application to you for a Christmas box …
  • Publication[London : Nichols and Sons, Printers, Earl’s Court, Cranbourn Street, 1821]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

File 66 821 T627

Acquired July 2015


By permission of the Right Worshipful the Mayor

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A playbill printed on silk

  • TitleBy permission of the Right Worshipful the Mayor. Mrs. Pinchott’s third appearance, of the Theatres Royal Covent Garden and Drury-Lane. Finch returns his most hearty and sincere thanks to the public at large, for all the encouragement he has met with, and informs them, his benefit is fixed for Wednesday evening next, Nov. 4th … The extraordinary alteration & improvement the hwole of the interior of The Pantheon has undergone … The performance will commence with a new ballet dance, called the Merry millers. Principle characters Mr. Auld, Mr. Miller… the whole to conclude with a grand Indian spectacle … written by Mr. Usher, called The savage chieftain, or, Sidney & his faithful dog …
  • PublicationNorwich : John Berry, printer, [ca. 1815]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

File 767 P69B P197 815++

Acquired July 2015

Painting after life

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First image, ‘Painting after life’ shows a skeleton (death) seated before an easel painting a portrait of the obese old man seated opposite and holding a cane. The subject is seated against a blank screen; a portfolio of other works is leaning against the screen. Beside the ‘artist’ is a box of paints and artist supplies.
Second image, ‘Death staring shipwrecked sailors in the face!!!’, shows a skeleton (right) seated on a rock with his head resting in his hands, elbows on his knees as he stares at two shipwrecked sailors (left) on a beach.

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On the verso: an autograph letter from Ebenezer Gerard in Liverpool to Samuel Taylor Liverpool, dated 1826 February 5, in reference to “Prose by a poet” (by Montgomery James) which he compares to his own efforts since his illness, with the address incorporating watercolor and rebus material.

  • Creator :Gerard, E. (Ebenezer).
  • TitlePainting after life [graphic] / E. Gerard pinxt. 19 Parker Street ; Death staring shipwrecked sailors in the face!!! / E. Gerard.

Catalog Record & Digital Collection


Acquired July 2015

Letter : Houghton, to Mr. John Boydell

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Autographed letter signed from Joseph Farington to John Boydell written from Houghton Hall the seat of Sir Robert Walpole, Earl of Orford where he spent three years making drawings of the paintings for Boydell’s Collection of prints after the most capital paintings in Engalnd (2 vols., 1782). He reports on the progress of his work in general and in particular his work with “the Paul Brills”.

  • Author: Farington, Joseph, 1747-1821.
  • Title: Letter : Houghton, to Mr. John Boydell, Cheapside, London, 1773 October 4.

Catalog Record

LWL Mss File 128

Acquired July 2015