Four naive watercolors depicting scenes…

see description belowFour sketches depicting scenes from accounts published in periodicals of the early 1820s, including The Mirror of Literature, Amusement and Instruction, volume I, 1822-23. The drawing ‘Janvier About to Kill the Indian Who had Relieved His Hunger’ illustrates the tale of Charles Janvier, which was was first published in John Long’s Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, 1791. The Mirror published an abridged version in November 1822. Janvier and two other servants had been sent by their master, Mr. Fulton, to catch supplies of meat and fish. Saved from hunger by a passing native Canadian who gives them food, Janvier kills and eats the stranger, a fate he later inflicts on one of his fellow servants. Volume I of The Mirror also recounts the story of the ‘Rescue of the Emperor Basilius Maredo’, the final sketch in this volume. The Emperor, snagged by a stag whilst hunting, is saved by the sword of a servant who is subsequently sentenced to death for drawing his sword in the presence of the Emperor. The tale of the first sketch, ‘Sultan Mahamoud punishing a Ravisher’, is told in Knapp and Baldwin’s Newgate Calendar, 1824. The final sketch, ‘A Miser Distracted’, appears to be a depiction of Aesop’s fable ‘The Miser and his Gold’, in which a miser concentrates all his wealth into one lump of gold which he buries before it is stolen from him.

 

  • Title: [Four naive watercolors depicting scenes from accounts published in periodicals of the early 1820s] [art original].
  • Production: [England], [ca. 1823]

Catalog Record

75 A2 823

Acquired July 2020

The castle of Otranto : a Gothic story

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Extra-illustrated with the seven plates color-printed à la poupée for the Edward Jeffery edition of 1796

 

  • Author: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797, author.
  • Title: The castle of Otranto : a Gothic story / translated by William Marshal, gent. from the original Italian of Onuphrio Muralto, Canon of the Church of St. Nicholas at Otranto.
  • Edition: The sixth edition.
  • Publication: Parma : Printed by Bodoni, for J. Edwards, bookseller of London, MDCCXCI [1791]

Catalog Record

24 17 791 Copy 16

Acquired July 2020

Monastery of St. Trone

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A watercolor sketch of two rotund monks in front of a entrance to monastery in a lane within gate and wall surround. One attends closely to a young lady with two baskets on her arms; the other reads, lounging on a bench with his one foot raised.

 

  • Artist: Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, artist.
  • Title: Monastery of St. Trone [art original].
  • Production: [England], [early 19th century]

Catalog Record

Drawings R79 no. 15 Box D145

Acquired July 2020

Mr. John Bull in a quandary

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An unfinished sketch for the engraving which appeared in the November 1845 issue of “George Cruikshank’s Table-book,” illustrating a brief article on railroad speculation by the periodical’s editor, Gilbert Abbott a Beckett. John Bull is beset by lilliputian tormentors who are removing all his cash, clothing, and possessions, beneath clouds of steam and a clanging bell.

 

  • Artist: Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878, artist.
  • Title: Mr. John Bull in a quandary, or, The anticipated effects of the railway calls [art original].
  • Production: [England], [ca. 1845]

Catalog Record

Drawings C889 no. 8 Box D115

Acquired July 2020

A view of St. Martin’s Court

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Watercolor drawing that provides a view from the back window of a house on the west side of St Martin’s Lane and shows the buildings running behind St Martin’s Lane. Identifiable on the right of the image is the building occupied by the bookseller John Noble, as Sandby has included his shop sign, a bust of Dryden, placed over his door and a trade sign advertising his circulating library. In the projecting bay-window to the right of the composition, a man can be seen at work.

 

  • Artist: Sandby, Thomas, 1723-1798, artist.
  • Title: [A view of St. Martin’s Court] [art original].
  • Production: [England], [ca. 1765]

Catalog record

Drawings Sa51 no. 1 Box D150

Acquired July 2020