Engravings of an historical fact of a Swiss shepherd…

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This set of prints were advertised in the December 1817 newspaper as “A series of Engravings in Seven Parts, representing the sufferings of a Swiss Shepherd during the revolution of that country, and intended as illustrations of the Lord’s Prayer. Printed on Royal Quarto, price 10s. 6d”. In Ackermann’s own The Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions (Vol. IV, December 1st, 1817), they are listed in the catalogue under “Intelligence, Literary, Scientific” prints and are described as “Engravings of an historical fact of a Swiss Shepherd during the revolution of that country…”

  • Title: [Engravings of an historical fact of a Swiss shepherd during the revolution of that country] [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Published Jany. 1, 1818, at R. Ackermann’s, 101, Strand, London, [1 January 1818]

Catalog Record

818.01.01.05

Acquired July 2023

Gazette Extraordinary! A glorious action!

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A satire, using a naval metaphor, on the trial of Queen Caroline. ‘Dispatches have this day received, announcing a glorious and desperate action, which was fought off St. Stephen’s Bay, in which the vessels engaged were the Carolina, Captain Wood, the other parts of the division were brought into action by Lieutenant Browham and Dingman. The Caslteair, a 74, was commanded by the gallant Loverpool, Elden, and Sid. …’

  • Title: Gazette Extraordinary! A glorious action! Between the Carolina, a true blue frigate; and the Castleair, a first rate man of war.
  • Publication: [England] : [publisher not identified], [1820]

Catalog Record

File 53 C292 820Ga

Acquired July 2023

Memoirs of Prince Leopold, from his first arrival in England

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Illustrations: Engraved frontispiece portrait of Leopold, “sketched & engraved by G. Cruikshank.”–Woodcut title-vignette depicting Leopold weeping over the casket of his wife

  • Title: Memoirs of Prince Leopold, from his first arrival in England : with a variety of anecdotes of the Princess Charlotte, now first collected / by the editor of Hone’s editions of the “Life,” “Death,” & “Funeral,” of Her Royal Highness, to which this publication is a sequel.
  • Publication: London : Printed by and for William Hone, 67, Old Bailey, three doors from Ludgate Hill, 1817.

Catalog Record

53 L587 817

Acquired July 2023

A collection of twenty-four caricatures

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  • Title: A collection of twenty-four caricatures : which have appeared in Paris since the late revolution ; with an introduction and explanatory remarks annexed to each plate.
  • Publication: London : Chalres Tilt, 86, Fleet Street, MDCCCXXXI [1831]
  • Manufacture: Paris : Printed by Fain, Rue, Racine, no. 4, Place de l’Odeon

Catalog Record

82 831C

Acquired July 2023

The Surrey contest freely stated

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A political satire of Admiral Augustus Keppel (1725-1786), navy officer and politician, and his unfortunate campaign for the seat of Surrey in 1780. The broadside is augmented by the engraved illustration featuring Keppel, his ship HMS Formidable ablaze, and fourteen other figures, all in service of “Merit protected. Persecution repelled. Undue Influence defeated.” The lengthy satirical poem was prompted by the 1780 election for the commons in Surrey. It references his previous courts-martial for his conduct during the Battle of Ushant, and comments on the state of the nation, war, and the economy.

  • Title: The Surrey contest freely stated; with various anecdotes related. With curious anecdotes related.
  • Publication: [London] : [John Stockdale], [1780]

Catalog Record

780.11.00.03+

Acquired July 2023

Address of the Brass Founders and Braziers

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Printed on silk, within decorative borders. Engraved portrait of “Caroline Queen of England” beneath title.
Broadside addressed from the Brass Founders and Braziers in support of Queen Caroline in October 1820, a month before the withdrawal of the Pains and Penalties Bill which aimed to annul Caroline’s marriage to George IV. Beneath the address is a response from Queen Caroline together with an ‘Order of the Procession’ in support of the queen.

  • Title: Address of the Brass Founders and Braziers. To Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Caroline. : … Presented this thirtieth day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty …
  • Publication: [London] : Printed and published by J. Cowie, 58 Shoe Lane, Holborn, [1820]

Catalog Record

File 53 C292 820Ad++

Acquired July 2023

 

Political cartoons relating to reform in Great Britain and the United States

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A series of crude (and in some cases explicitly racist) lithographed cards numbered 1-16, with scenes relating to political reform on both sides of the Atlantic. On British side, they cover the reforms to the franchise made by the 1832 Reform Act, poking fun at ‘poor distress’d turn’d out Boroughmongers’ (No. 1), the rural squirearchy (No. 7), Taxes (No. 9), the established Church (No. 10) and Irishmen (no. 12), among others. United States political issues are shown in the second card which reuses – with added racist slurs – the design of Edward Williams Clay (1799-1857) entitled ‘Hurrah! hurrah for Genl. Jackson!!’ under the caption ‘Life in Philadelphia’. Cards nos. 4 and 7, with yet more overt racism, use references to American segregationism to caricature British political positions.

  • Title: [Political cartoons relating to reform in Great Britain and the United States] [graphic].
  • Publication: [York, England] : W.F. Wodson, lith., Pavement, York, [approximately 1832]

Catalog Record

724 832 P769

Acquired July 2023

Britons! Look on these pictures

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A broadside illustrated with engraved head-and-shoulders portraits of Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold at top of sheet followed by 29 lines of letterpress text mourning the death of the Charlotte on November 6th, 1817.

  • Title: Britons! Look on these pictures, and while you deplore the untimely loss of the one, and worthily sympathise in the acute grief of the other of the illustrious originals, endeavour to imitate the public and domestic virtues which have so eminently distinguished both. …
  • Publication: [London?] : [published not identified], [1817]

Catalog Record

File 56 C47 817B

Acquired July 2023

Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales

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“Portrait of Caroline of Brunswick as Princess of Wales, after Beechey, almost half-length in an oval, head in three-quarter profile to left, wearing a high-necked collar and chains at her neck, her hair tied up in a sash, plumes and a crown below, with a glory surrounding; published for ‘La Belle Assemblée’.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Scriven, Edward, 1775-1841, printmaker.
  • Title: Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales [graphic] / Sr. W. Beechey pinx. ; Scriven sculp.
  • Publication: [London] : Printed as the act directs for John Bell, March 28, 1806, Southampton Street, Strand, exclusively for his publication of La Belle Assemblée, [28 March 1806]

Catalog Record

File 53 C47 806Sc

Acquired July 2023

To the memory of the Princess Charlotte of Wales

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Broadside, with three paragraphs of text within thick mourning border and initialed ‘J.W.L.’ at the end. ‘From the Morning Post of Nov. 11th’ printed in lower left. Beneath the title are three lines quoted from Lord Lyttleton’s ‘To the memory of the same lady, a monody. A.D. 1747.’

  • Title: To the memory of the Princess Charlotte of Wales.
  • Publication: [England?] : [publisher not identified], [1817]

Catalog Record

File 56 C47 817To

Acquired July 2023