The old bachelor’s thermometer

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The image at top shows an old man sitting in an armchair on the right, his gouty foot resting on a footstool, a crutch seen leaning against a stool beside him. He looks up at a younger woman on the left, who wears a bonnet and apron and is looking down and away from him. Draperies and a framed picture of Cupid shooting an arrow decorate the wall behind them. The text below, in two columns with an age listed at the beginning of each line, tells the humorous tale of the consequences of a man putting off marriage for prideful reasons from age “16 – incipient palpitations towards the young ladies”, through the ages of “29 – rails against the fair sex”, “37 – indulge in every kind of dissipation”, and “48 – thinks living alone quite irksome …”. Eventually, he resolves to have a prudent young woman as housekeeper and companion, gradually feeling some attachment to her and becoming completely under her influence. At age 60, as he begins to feel ill, and “grows rapidly worse, has his will made in her favour, and makes an exit.”

  • Title: The old bachelor’s thermometer. The old maid’s thermometer [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Published by S. and J. Fuller, 34, Rathbone-Place, [between 1809 and 1839]
  • Manufacture: [London] : Printed by L. Harrison, 373, Strand.

Catalog Record

809.00.00.64

Acquired March 2020

Memoirs of Theodore Lane

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A bound album with “Biographical sketch of the life of Mr. Theodore Lane” (pages [33]-59 from Pierce Egan’s 1831 publication: The show folks! (London : Printed for M. Arnold, 1831)), extra-illustrated with portraits of actors, actors in performances, playwrights, and art patrons, followed by cropped impressions, mounted, of the twenty-seven hand-colored plates that accompanied with Pierce Egan’s 1825 The life of an actor and on the final four leaves the nine small, black and white vignettes, also of theatrical scenes also from Egan’s Life of an actor. Lane was an English painter and engraver, who excelled at comic illustration. Also bound in at the front is an autograph letter from Egan dated 15 June 1832 to Mr. Elliott.

 

  • Author: Egan, Pierce, 1772-1849.
  • Title: Memoirs of Theodore Lane : printed text and manuscript / by Pierce Egan.
  • Production: England, circa 1825?

Catalog Record

Quarto 56 Eg13 832m

Acquired June 2020

A hint to duellists

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“A court scene. The judge, Bayley (right), addresses the apprehensive prisoner at the bar, Wellington (left): ‘”If a party, wilfully & intentionally does an act likely in its results to produce death, & death actually ensues, the act so done by him is done with what the Law calls “malice afore thought” & the party is guilty of murder!”‘ The jury, in a raised box, Counsel seated in the well of the court, and a shorthand-writer standing on the extreme left, stare at judge or prisoner. The heads of spectators fill the space under the jury-box.”–British Museum online catalogue.

 

  • Printmaker: Doyle, John, 1797-1868, printmaker.
  • Title: A hint to duellists [graphic] / HB [monogram].
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. by Thomas McLean, 26 Haymarket, April 13th, 1830.

Catalog Record

830.04.13.01+

Acquired June 2020

A broad hint

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Lyndhurst in Chancellor’s wig and gown, stands between Wellington (left, standing beside a writing table) and Brougham (right, also in a wig and gown), who face each other in profile. Lyndhurst looks at Wellington while gesturing with his left arm at Brougham who steps toward him. In a speech balloon, Lyndhurst says: My honourable & learned Friend wishes to Enroll himself amoung Your Graces political friends.

 

  • Printmaker: Doyle, John, 1797-1868, printmaker.
  • Title: A broad hint [graphic] / HB.
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. by S. Gans, 15 Southampton St., Strand, [ca. July 1829]
  • Manufacture: [London] : Printed by C. Ingrey, 310 Strand

Catalog Record

829.07.00.04+

Acquired June 2020

Riding apparatus for timid horsemen

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An older gentleman is on horseback strapped into a contraption that limits the horses movement (as such, it won’t move above a trot pace), limits any jolting movements and also provides shade and cover through the attachment of an umbrella. In the left background, a horseman struggles to control his horse as a panicked lady watches on and his top hat flies off behind him. To the right a male onlooker peers through his monocle in awe of the timid horsemen’s contraption.

 

  • Title: Riding apparatus for timid horsemen [graphic].
  • Publication: London : Pubd. by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket, Jan. 1, 1830.
  • Manufacture: [London] : Printed by J. Netherclift.

Catalog Record

830.01.01.09+

Acquired November 2020

Here we go up up up and there he goes down down downe

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A satire of the 1832 Reform Bill, with a see-saw with the Crown as the fulcrum. At the center is William IV, waving the Union flag; to the right is Lord Grey, seated on the lever, helping William balance with a scroll marked ‘Union’, with John Bull standing underneath, wedging the lever up with the ‘Reform Bill’; and to the right the Duke of Wellington tumbles backwards as the lever breaks under the weight of him and two huge scrolls marked ‘Anti Reform’.

 

  • Title: Here we go up up up and there he goes down down downe [graphic].
  • Publication: London : Pubd. by O. Hodgson, 10 Cloth Fair, [ca. 1831]

Catalog Record

831.00.00.50

Acquired November 2020

Body fanner, nut-cracker & wine helper

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A stout man reclines on a chaise-longue; a small cup meets his lips, from which he drinks wine. Above this, a small tube from which cracked nuts descend. On the wall are two wheels and the mechanism which pours and decants the wine, and cracks the nuts.

 

  • Title: Body fanner, nut-cracker & wine helper, for the heats of summer [graphic].
  • Publication: London : Pubd. by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket, Jan. 1, 1830.
  • Manufacture: [London] : Printed by J. Netherclift.

Catalog Record

830.01.01.08+

Acquired November 2020

The six ologies

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  • Printmaker: Stanley, Edward, 1779-1849, printmaker.
  • Title: The six ologies : viz. entomology, anthology, demonology, ornithology, craniology, apology.
  • Publication: [England] : [publisher not identified], [ca. 1825]

Catalog Record

Folio 75 St787 825

Acquired November 2020

Durhm Saugur, Comilla

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A Bangladeshi hunting scene showing three riders, one a woman riding side-saddle, following a pack of hounds; Indian servants and an English family in the foreground.

 

  • Title: Durhm Saugur, Comilla [graphic].
  • Publication: [Comilla, Bangladesh?] : [publisher not identified], [ca. 1820]

Catalog Record

820.00.00.92+

Acquired August 2020

Concert of cats

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A group of cats look at book opened to a musical score, on the right and images of mice on the left. Some of the cats are singing while one plays a trumpet; one of the cats wears spectacles. In the foreground are a violin and loose sheets of music. The book is propped against a birdhouse from which emerges a mouse; a cloth has been draped over the birdhouse.

  • Title: [Concert of cats] [graphic].
  • Publication: [London?] : [publisher not identified], [not before July 1817?]

Catalog Record

817.07.00.02

Acquired April 2020