The history and antiquities of the county of Essex

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Extra-illustrated and expanded to 5 volumes, each volume with an added printed title page dated 1908 and bound in early 20th-century red crushed levant full morocco gilt

  • Author: Morant, Philip, 1700-1770.
  • Title: The history and antiquities of the county of Essex : compiled from the best and most ancient historians, from Domesday-book, Inquisitiones post mortem, and other the most valuable records and mss. &c. / the whole digested, improved, perfected, and brought down to the present time, by Philip Morant ; illustrated with copper plates.
  • Published: London : Printed for T. Osborne …, J. Whiston …, S. Baker …, L. Davis and C. Reymers … and B. White …, 1768.

Catalog Record

Folio 64 Es75 768

Acquired September 2023

Mrs. Wrighten

description below

“Portrait of Mrs. Frances Wrighten, half-length, directed to right, facing to front, holding sheet music, hair high and decorated with pearls; oval frame with lettering underneath and a motif of musical instruments that intrudes into the frame; after Dighton, from a set of twelve theatrical portraits.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Laurie, Robert, 1755-1836, printmaker.
  • Title: [Mrs. Wrighten] [graphic] / R. Dighton pinx. ; R. Laurie sc.
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. as the act directs March 1st, 1780, by W. Richardson, No. 68 High Holborn, [1 March 1780]

Catalog Record

780.03.01.07

Acquired July 2023

The Right Honourable John Wilkes Esqr

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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

High life below stairs

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“Interior of a kitchen showing servants at leisure: a stout woman dances with a black man in the centre accompanied by a man with a wooden leg who sits playing a violin on the left; watched by others on the right, a young woman standing on a chair and supported by a young man, while a seated man wearing a tricorn smiles and points at her and an elderly woman stands with her arms folded under her apron, a dog at her heels; two posters pasted on the wall behind, shelves, bellows and other kitchen implements in the background.”–British Museum online catalogue, description of a print of the same design.

 

  • Title: High life below stairs [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : [Carington Bowles?], [approximately 1770]

Catalog Record

770.00.00.103+

Acquired November 2022

The lovely Sacarissa dressing for the Pantheon

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“A stout, ugly, and elderly woman holds in her left hand a barber’s block, with a carved head in profile, on which is an elaborate pyramidal wig with ringlets. This she is covering with powder or flour from a dredger. Her hair is short and scanty; on her head is a very large black patch, two smaller ones are on her temple. She is dressed in undergarments, showing stays, and frilled petticoat over which is worn a pocket. Her dress, the bodice of which is almost cylindrical from its stiffening whalebone, is on a stool behind her. Her back is turned to the casement window (right) through which look two grinning old women, wearing frilled muslin caps. Over the window, and over the wall on its left, is a heavily festooned curtain. Sacarissa stands facing a low rectangular table (left), on which are a bottle and wine-glass, a candle (?) in a triangular shade, which is falling over, having apparently been knocked by the wig, patches, a comb, a paper, &c. Behind on the wall, in deep shadow, is a picture of a dome inscribed “The Pantheon”.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Dawe, Philip, printmaker.
  • Title: The lovely Sacarissa dressing for the Pantheon [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], publish’d Feby. 24, 1772.

Catalog Record

772.02.24.02+

Acquired April 2023

The grape girl

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“A young woman in rustic dress, shown three-quarters length to left, holding a basket of grapes, wearing a broad-brimmed hat with a ribbon, her hair loose.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Young, John, 1755-1825, printmaker, publisher.
  • Title: The grape girl [graphic] / drawn by J.G. Huck ; engrav’d by J. Young.
  • Publication: [London] : Publishd. April 1st, 1786, by J. Young, No. 28 Newman Street, Oxford Street, London, [1 April 1786]

Catalog Record

786.04.01.14+

Acquired April 2023

James Boswell of Auchinleck, Esqr

 

description below

“Portrait of James Boswell after Reynolds (Mannings 214); half-length, turned to left, eyes to front; wearing plain, unbuttoned coat and waistcoat; curtain and landscape behind; lettered state before title erased.”–British Museum online catalogue.

 

  • Printmaker: Jones, J. (John), approximately 1745-1797, printmaker.
  • Title: James Boswell of Auchinleck, Esqr [graphic] / painted by Sr. Joshua Reynolds ; engrav’d by John Jones.
  • Edition: [State 3].
  • Publication: London : Pubd. as the act directs Janry. 17, 1786, by I. Jones, No. 63 Great Portland Street, Mary-le-bone, [17 January 1786]

Catalog Record

Portraits B747 no. 4+

Acquired January 2023

Happy Jerry

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Boatman on riverbank with bridge and buildings behind being greeted by sailor and city gent.
“A Thames waterman who thought himself betrayed by his wife and friend is reunited with both, who take his hands, the woman on the left in man’s dress, having looked for him throughout the world; on a wharf with oars propped against the walls of a house to left, a boat moored nearby and a bridge in the background.”–British Museum online catalogue, description of a later state.

 

  • Title: Happy Jerry [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Published 10th May 1793 by Robt. Sayer & Co., Fleet Street, London, [10 May 1793]

Catalog Record

793.05.10.01

Acquired November 2022

Strive not Tragedy nor Comedy to engross a Garrick

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“Portrait of David Garrick after Reynolds (Mannings 700); standing three-quarter length between Comedy and Tragedy, smiling towards the latter, but allowing the former to tug him towards her; landscape behind.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Purcell, Richard, approximately 1736-approximately 1765, printmaker.
  • Title: Strive not Tragedy nor Comedy to engross a Garrick, who to your noblest characters does equal honour [graphic] / J. Reynolds pinxt. ; C. Corbutt fecit.
  • Publication: London : Printed for Robt. Sayer, map & printseller at the Golden Buck near Serjeants Inn, Fleet Street, [between 1762 and 1766]

Catalog Record

Portraits G41 no. 5+

Acquired April 2023

Master Bunbury

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“Portrait after Reynolds (Mannings 276); three-quarter length seated under a tree, facing front with hands resting on his thighs; published state before date altered from 1st to 12th November.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Haward, Francis, 1759-1797, printmaker, publisher.
  • Title: Master Bunbury [graphic] / painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds ; engraved by Francis Haward.
  • Edition: [State 3].
  • Publication: London : Publish’d Novr. 1st, 1781, by Fras. Haward, Lambeth Marsh near the Turnpike, [1 November 1781]

Catalog Record

Portraits B87a no. 1+

Acquired April 2023