All among the Hottentots – capering a shore

description below

King William IV dressed as a sailor dances in the centre of a semicircle of ministers who have black bodies and are partially draped. Among the ministers are Peel and Scarlett on the left, Lyndhurst and Wellington on the right both of whom wear nose-rings. Scarlett encircles Ellenborough, who, with Sugden, is behind the King. Their tribal dance celebration alludes to the relief that the ministers must have felt to be able to retain their positions with the new reign. William IV was a popular King and a stark contrast to George IV and was liable to wild bursts of passion as is suggested here. He and the Duke of Wellington (then prime minister) got on very well, hence the retainment of his ministers. He is dressed in sailor garb in reference to his years in the navy. The tribal dress of the ministers refers to the far-flung shores that William visited.

  • Printmaker: Heath, William, 1795-1840, printmaker.
  • Title: All among the Hottentots – capering a shore [graphic] / W. Heath.
  • Publication: [London] : Pub. July 19, 1830, by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket, [19 July 1830]

Catalog Record

830.07.19.01+

Acquired May 2023

The Right Honourable John Wilkes Esqr

description below

Seated portrait of John Wilkes, holding a scroll marked ‘Magna Charta’, leaning on a table on which is a copy of his letter ‘To the Gentlemen Clergy & Freeholders of the County of Middlesex’, and ‘Bill of Rights’. A framed painting on the wall behind (left) shows an image of Hercules defeating the Hydra on the wall to left.

  • Title: The Right Honourable John Wilkes Esqr [graphic] : Lord Mayor of the City of London.
  • Publication: [London] : [Carington Bowles?], [approximately 1768?]

Catalog Record

768.00.00.16

Acquired May 2023

A Guide to all the watering and sea-bathing places

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Folding frontispiece of Brighton Pavilion and an engraved pictorial title page preceding six unnumbered preliminary pages.
Four views on each of the 23 plates.

  • Title: A Guide to all the watering and sea-bathing places : description of the lakes, tour in Wales, &c. &c.
  • Publication: London : Published by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, Paternoster Row, [not before 1820]
  • Manufacture: London : Printed by A. & R. Spottiswoode

Catalog Record

62 820 G946

Acquired May 2023

Articles of association

printed

Proposal for rules and regulations for a yearly subscription, at the cost of two shillings and sixpence, for the tenants of Sir George Pauncefote-Bromley, 2nd Baronet, to the ‘Association for the Prosecution of Felons, & &’, by which the subscribers ‘shall keep an accurate account of the Ages, Colours, and Marks of Cattle, the particulars of his Stock, and other Goods … Any person guilty of committing Felony upon the property of any Servants of the Subscriber, shall be prosecuted at the expense of the Society.’

 

  • Title: Articles of association, entered into July 1st, 1803, by the tenants of Sir George Pauncefote, Bart. and by several Gentlemen, farmers, and others, of the County of Nottingham, for the prosecution of persons guilty of committing felony, or any other depredation against the properties of the subscribers in the said county.
  • Publication: Newark [England] : Hage, printer, [1803]

Catalog Record

File 64 N849 803

Acquired May 2023

A plan of discipline, composed for the use of the militia

printed text

This work became eventually an army text book

  • Author: Windham, William, 1717-1761.
  • Title: A plan of discipline, composed for the use of the militia of the county of Norfolk.
  • Published: London, Printed, for J. Shuckburgh, at the Sun, next Richard’s coffee-house, Fleetstreet, 1759.

Catalog Record

63 759 W72

Acquired May 2023

Proposals for engraving by subscription The British Monarchy

printed text

“Conditions: I. That this Work shall consist of 250 Copper Plates of the same Size as these Proposals, and be Printed on the same Paper. II. That five half sheets shall be Published once a Fortnight… III. That the Subscribers names and their respective Titles shall be Alphabetically Digested… IV. That those who please to favour us with their Names and Places of Abode… V. That the First Number will be delivered on Saturday the Second Day of December next. Subscriptions are taken in by George Bickham… There will be some Books printed on Large Paper, and those who may have them, at Nine-pence a Number.”

 

  • Title: Proposals for engraving by subscription The British Monarchy: or, A new chorographical description of all the dominions subject to the King of Great Britain. Comprehending the British Isles, the American Colonies, the Electoral States, the African & Indian Settlements … engrav’d by George Bickham.
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], October 1749.

Catalog Record

File 66 749 P965

Acquired May 2023

Returned from the ball

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“Young woman dressed in her ballgown half-reclines on a settee in her bedroom while her elderly maid yawns with tiredness.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Heath, William, 1795-1840, printmaker.
  • Title: Returned from the ball [graphic] / [figure of Paul Pry holding a candle].
  • Publication: [London] : Pub. by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket, [approximately 1829]

Catalog Record

829.00.00.118+

Acquired May 2023

The origin of language, and Idea of a perfect government

printed text

  • Title: The origin of language, and Idea of a perfect government. Two poetic epistles, to Thamyris.
  • Publication: [London?] : [publisher not identified], [1785?]

Catalog Record

496 B85 785

Acquired May 2023