A representation of the present state of France

description below

“Napoleon, pushing an officer before him through a pillared doorway, looks back to speak to a monk and a sansculotte, shackled together, who drag a car in which is an imperial crown. They hold a large scroll inscribed: ‘Most religious Sovereign – the benefactor of the church – the patron of liberty – the scourge of tyrants, and the defender of our most holy religion; may you long fill the Imperial Chair, and diffuse over a free and happy people all the blessings of your auspicious government.’ Demons fly round a tricolour flag which floats from the car. Napoleon holds out a scroll headed: ‘Address, &c. &c. &c. The Legions of France congratu – ‘, saying, “This token of your gratitude, my dear subjects will ever stimulate me to protect your liberties – to promote your happiness – and to preserve my empire from the ravages of war, tyranny and oppression.” The officer, with a cynical smile, says: “Patron of Liberty – Defender of our most holy Religion – free and happy People – Ha! ha! ha! – What may we not expect? – Has he not got them under excellent subjection?” On the left is Napoleon’s ‘Secret Chamber’: a table is covered with maps and plans; a large map, partly unrolled, shows Europe from ‘[En]gland to [Tur]key’, including the ‘Black Sea’; another map shows ‘Suez’ and the ‘Red Sea’. A demon under the table holds up a large pile of papers: ‘Plans against England’; on the floor are similar piles: ‘Religion’ and ‘Treaties’. There are also ‘Plans against Germany and Turkey’, and a paper: ‘Mem. the chance of the conquest of England is worth the sacrifice of one third of the people of France. Item. As Charlemaine not only conquered Italy, but the whole of Germany, and left the Imperial dignity hereditary in the Sovereigns of France, it is indispensably necessary to obtain possession of Germany, in order to support the dignity of the Gallic empire.’ On the wall are three pictures: ‘Sacking of Rome’, ‘Dissolution of the National Assembly’ [see British Museum Satires No. 9426, &c], and ‘View of Cairo’ [see British Museum Satires No. 9358, &c.]. Below the design: ‘Explanation. The two figures bringing the Imperial crown . . . represent . . . the bitter Enemies of Aristocracy, and the staunch Supporters of the late Monarchial Government, tackled to the National Machine, and reduced to the most abject State of Slavery by the Influence of the Military, whose congratulatory Address Bonaparte has received at the Hand of an Officer, and is introducing him into his Secret Chamber to receive Instructions. The Demons hovering over the Imperial Crown denote Five Years of Destruction; during which Period Bonaparte will overrun and ravage the greater Part of the Continent of Europe, be the Means of nearly depopulating Turkey, and finally be slain with the Sword, be cast out as an abominable Branch, and be left as Dung to rot on the Face of the Earth.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Title: A representation of the present state of France [graphic].
  • Publication:[London] : Published by L. Mayer, as the act directs, August 13, 1804.
  • Manufacture: [London] : Bryer, printer, Bridge Street, Blackfriars

Catalog Record

804.08.13.01+

Acquired May 2021

 

Voornaamste gebouwen vande stadt Romen t’Amsterdam

description below

Views of Rome (including the Vatican City), London, Amsterdam, and Tangier.

  • Printmaker: Ram, Johannes de, 1648-1693, printmaker.
  • Title: Voornaamste gebouwen vande stadt Romen t’Amsterdam / by Iohannes de Ram.
  • Publication: [Amsterdam] : [publisher not identified], [approximately 1690]

Catalog Record

724 690R

Acquired March 2021

England

description below

A comic map of Great Britain: an old woman is shown in profile, facing to the left, and seated on the back of a dolphin-like monster. At the top her cap is Scotland; her neck is labeled R. Tees (River Tees) and along her back is “Humber” and “The Wash” The mouth of the creature is labeled “Thames”. The other points on the map are: Isle of Wight and Bristol Channel, Cardogan Bay, and Anglesea (a bird perched on the woman’s out-stretched hand).

  • Artist: Hughes, J., active 1872, artist.
  • Title: England [art original] / Carnarvon College. March 30th 1872. J. Hughes.
  • Production: [Wales], [30 March 1872]

Catalog Record

Drawings H893 no. 1 Box D128

Acquired May 2021

The General magazine of arts and sciences

cover, printed textGeneral magazine of arts and sciences, philosophical, philological, mathematical and mechanical.

 

  • Uniform Title: General magazine of arts and sciences (London, England : 1755)
  • Title: The General magazine of arts and sciences. …
  • Published: London, Printed for W. Owen, 1755-

Catalog Record

61 G285

Acquired September 2020

A new picture of Paris

title page

  • Author: Planta, Edward, author.
  • Title: A new picture of Paris ; or, the stranger’s guide to the French metropolis ; accurately describing the public establishments, remarkable edifices, places of amusement, and every other object worthy of attention … To which is added, a description of the environs of Paris, with correct maps, and an accurate plan of the city … / by Edward Planta …
  • Edition: New edition enlarged and improved.
  • Publication: London : Printed for Samuel Leigh by W. Clowes, Northumberland-Court Street, MDCCCXIV [1814]

Catalog Record

82 814Pl v.1

Acquired February 2020

A gazetteer of France

title page

  • Author: Planta, Edward, author.
  • Title: A gazetteer of France : containing a geographical description of the cities, towns, villages, rivers, mountains, & c within the French empire : with an account of the soil, produce, manufactures … : and a correct map to which is added a geographical account of the Island of Elba / by Edward Planta.
  • Publication: London : Printed for Samuel Leigh, 18 Strand, MDCCCXIV [1814]
  • Manufacture: [London] : (Clowes, printer, Northumberland-Court, Strand).

Catalog Record

82 814Pl v.1

Acquired February 2020

Political billiards

Political billiards. Detailed description below

“European sovereigns (wearing crowns) and others, watch a game of billiards between the Tsar, the principal figure, and the Sultan.

  • Printmaker: Heath, William, 1795-1840, printmaker.
  • Title: Political billiards [graphic] / William Heath.
  • Publication: [London] : Pub. Sep. 30, 1829, by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket …, [30 September 1829]

Catalog Record

820.09.30.01+

Acquired April 2019

Cary’s survey of the high roads from London to Hampton Court

Covers south east portion of England.
Roads are from London to: Hampton Court, Bagshot, Oakingham, Binfield, Windsor, Maidenhead, High Wycombe, Amersham, Rickmansworth, Tring, St. Albans, Welwyn, Hertford, Ware, Bishops Stortford, Chipping Ongar, Chelmsford, Gravesend, Rochester, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, East Grinsted, Ryegate, Dorking, Guildford, Richmond.

  • AuthorCary, John, approximately 1754-1835.
  • TitleCary’s survey of the high roads from London to Hampton Court, Bagshot … Guildford, Richmond : on a scale of one inch to a mile, wherein every gentleman’s seat, situate on, or seen from the road, (however distant) are laid down, with the name of the possessor : to which is added the number of inns on each separate route, also, the different turnpike gates, shewing the connection which one trust has with another.
  • PublishedLondon : Printed for J. Cary, engraver & map seller, the corner of Arundel Street, Strand, July 1st 1790.

Catalog Record

15 790C

Acquired March 2017

The new South Sea fishery

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A satire ridiculing the first Nootka Convention in which Spain conceded England’s right to maintain outposts in Nootka Sound and engage in whaling outside a “ten-league line” off the Northwest coast of North America. In a small row boat on the Pacific and facing the west coast of North American, Pitt stands fishing with a rod baited with a sack labelled “3 million genl. elc”. Beside him in the boat is Henry Dundas holding another sack labelled “million gen. elec” and beside him in the back of the boat, a third sack also labelled “million gen elec”. Selected points along the shore from the Sea of Kamtschatka and Bristol Bay (north) to New Mexico are identified with no attempt at try scale: Nortons Sound, Alaska, Cooks River, Ps. William Sound, Spanish Land, Nootka or King Georges Sound, New Albion, California. Off the coast of Alaska are shown the islands Arako and Foxes Is. Whales surface above the water inside the buoys with flags reading “10 leagues”. In the upper left is a galley “Convention”. Pitt says “I fear Harry the fishing will never answer.” Dundas replies, “Never mind tha Billy the gudgeons we have caught in England will pay for all.”

  • PrintmakerCruikshank, Isaac, 1756?-1811?, printmaker.
  • TitleThe new South Sea fishery, or, A cheap way to catch whales [graphic] / J. Cruikshanks fect.
  • PublicationLondon : Pub. Jany. 4, 1791, by H. Humphries, N. 18 Old Bond St., [4 January 1791]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

791.01.04.01++

Acquired October 2015