A game at chess

description below“Bonaparte (left) and Cornwallis play chess. Bonaparte, not caricatured, alert and military, wearing his large plumed cocked hat, leans forward, pointing to his move; his left arm lies on the table and in his left hand is his sheathed sabre. He says: “Check to your King, remember it is not the first time, and I think a very few Manœuvres more will completely convince you that I am better acquainted with the Game I am playing than you are aware of.” Cornwallis, plump and civilian despite his regimentals and profession, sits without a hat, scratching his head apprehensively. He says: “Curse it I shall lose this Game; You are too much for me.” He wears his ribbon and star, ‘Honi soit’ on his garter. The chairs are symbolical: that of Bonaparte has ormolu laurel wreaths, the legs are formed of fasces and axes; that of Cornwallis, with plain oval back, suggests an English drawing-room.”–British Museum online catalogue.

 

  • Author: Williams, Charles, active 1797-1830, printmaker.
  • Title: A game at chess [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. Jany. 9th, 1802, by S.W. Fores, 50 Piccadilly, [9 January 1802]

Catalog Record

802.01.09.01+

Acquired September 2020

An authentick account of the life of Mr. Charles Drew

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  • Title: An authentick account of the life of Mr. Charles Drew, late of Long-Melford in the county of Suffolk : who was tried and convicted at Bury Assizes, for the murder of his father, Mr. Charles John Drew … To which is added, a faithful account of the trial of the said Charles Drew …
  • Publication: London : Printed by J. Applebee, and sold by J. Roberts, near the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-Lane, 1740.

Catalog Record

523 D776 740

Acquired September 2020

The peace soup shop

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“John Bull sits full face holding a bowl of soup, between Addington, the cook, and the protesting Windham on the extreme right. On the left Pitt sits in profile to the left before an enormous kitchen fire, over which hangs a giant cauldron; he blows the fire with bellows, saying, ‘I dont know how it is – but I manage this Soup business rather awkwardly – I suppose it is from being so much used to the stewing and Broiling line.’ Addington, who wears the Speaker’s wig with apron and over-sleeves, and holds a long ladle, says: ‘Though I say it that made it – you never tasted better soup in your life’. Windham (right) stands in profile to the left his knees flexed, saying, ‘O’ Mr Bull – Mr Bull – if you have any regard for your Constitution – dont touch it – the Cayen of Jacobinism flavours every spoonful – and the Fire that boil it I consider as a Funeral Pile for all your well wishes – do Johnny take some of my Cheese-parings – they are very wholesome, and easy of Digestion.’ John says, his eyes turned towards Addington, his spoon raised to his mouth: ‘I don’t mind what he says – my Hearty I say it’s very good Soup – and a d——d deal better [word erased] than your Gin. I should like a little more bread for all that, and it would be quite as well – if it did not taste so strong of the Ceylon pepper.'”British Museum online catalogue.

 

  • Printmaker: Roberts, Piercy, active 1791-1805, printmaker.
  • Title: The peace soup shop [graphic] / Woodward delin. ; etch’d by Roberts.
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [ca. March 1802]

Catalog Record 

802.03.00.04+

Acquired September 2020

The slaves triumphant

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Date based on inclusion of ‘Wottington’, perhaps a variant spelling of Samuel Worthington, Mayor of Nottingham in 1800/1.
An apparently satirical Nottinghamshire slip song, perhaps produced during an enclosure dispute (‘Have BURGESS’s the Time forgot, When Worshipper’s of Mammon; Combined to seize that happy Spot, We hold as RIGHT of Common?’), which groups the names of several local worthies (such as Mayors Hawksley and Hunt) ‘as An Auctioneer’s old Books, Waste Paper, Rotten Leather’.

 

  • Title: The slaves triumphant. Tune. College rules.
  • Publication: [Nottinghamshire, England?] : [publisher not identified], [approximately 1800?]

Catalog Record

File 763 800 SL631

Acquired September 2020

Studies of cottages and rural scenery

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“This work appears to have been issued in four montly parts, each of four plates between May and August 1816, before being published as a complete suite. An advertisement on the final leaf of the 1820 edition of John Cawse’s ‘Introduction to the art of painting’ shows that the work was still being issued in four parts at this late date, at a price of three shillings sixpence per part”–Cf. British Architectural Library.

 

  • Author: Prout, Samuel, 1783-1852.
  • Title: Studies of cottages and rural scenery : drawn and etched in imitation of chalk / by Samuel Prout ; the work will consist of four numbers, to be published monthly, commencing the first of May, 1816 ; and is intended as a companion to the ‘Studies of boats and coast scenery’, also contained in four numbers by the same artist, just published.
  • Published: London : Published by R. Ackermann, 101, Strand; and may be had of all the book and printsellers in the United Kingdom. [J. Diggens, Printer, St. Ann’s Lane, London.], 1816.

Catalog Record

Folio 75 P95 816

Acquired September 2020

A true copy of the paper, delivered the night before her execution

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  • Author: Malcolm, Sarah, approximately 1710-1733, author.
  • Title: A true copy of the paper, delivered the night before her execution / by Sarah Malcom, to the Rev. Mr. Piddington … March 6th, 1732-3.
  • Publication: London : Printed for J. Wilford, behind the Chapter-House, near St. Paul’s, MDCCXXXII [1732]

Catalog Record

55 M243 733

Acquired September 2020

Long faces at Smithfield

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Discontent among British merchants and farmers who had enjoyed high prices for their domestic produce during the Revolutionary Wars.

 

  • Printmaker: Roberts, Piercy, active 1791-1805, printmaker.
  • Title: Long faces at Smithfield. Peace, long faces at the corn-exchange [graphic] / Woodward delin. ; etchd. by Roberts.
  • Publication: London : Pubd. by P. Roberts, 28 Middle-row, Holborn, [1802]

Catalog record

802.00.00.34+

Acquired September 2020

Account of the Society of Friends of Foreigners in Distress

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  • Author: Society of Friends of Foreigners in Distress.
  • Title: Account of the Society of Friends of Foreigners in Distress : with the nature and views of the institution ; also the plan and regulations, a list of subscribers, and an appendix, containing some of the most interesting cases.
  • Publication: London : Printed for the Society by W. Marchant, Ingram-Court, Fenchurch-Street, 1814.

Catalog record

63 814 So678

Acquired September 2020

 

A companion to the London Museum and Pantherion

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  • Author: Bullock, W. (William), 1773?-1849, author.
  • Title: A companion to the London Museum and Pantherion : containing a brief description of upwards of fifteen thousand natural and foreign curiosities, antiquities, and productions of the fine arts; now open for public inspection in the Egyptian Temple, Picadilly, London / by Wm. Bullock.
  • Edition: The thirteenth edition.
  • Publication: London : Printed for the proprietor, by William and Samuel Graves, 66 Cheapside, 1812.
  • Manufacture: London : W. and S. Graves, printers, 66, Cheapside.

Catalog Record

646 812 B938

Acquired September 2020

Sailors conversing on horseback

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“Social satire; two sailors on horseback, one with a pipe in his hatband on a small white horse with a spotted handkerchief on a stick attached to its bridle, the other smoking a pipe on a large brown horse; they ask each other how their journeys on their horses have been, using language associated with ships, for example: “endeavouring to double the point at Mile-end she fell foul of a dray, and smack she lay me keel upermost in a stinking ditch … I hoisted my pocket handkerchief on her topmast as a sign of distress, which was seen by some comrades at anchor in the moorings. …”.”–British Museum online catalogue.

 

  • Printmaker: Roberts, Piercy, active 1791-1805, printmaker.
  • Title: Sailors conversing on horseback [graphic] / Woodward del. ; etch’d by Roberts.
  • Publication: London : Pubd. by P. Roberts, 28 Middle-row, Holborn, [ca. 1803]

Catalog Record

803.00.00.52+

Acquired September 2020