A comfortable thing to be king of Greece

description below

“Prince Leopold sits enthroned, flanked by his new subjects; he wears uniform with a crown, and sits on a two-tiered circular dais in a chair of state, the seat of which is covered with giant thorns. Punctured and frightened, he grasps the arms of his chair with crisped fingers; his toes are drawn back, touching the ground, and he looks towards a savage-looking Greek (right) who kneels before him with a long knife held behind his back. A similar ruffian kneels on the left; others approach menacingly from the left, one smoking a long pipe and grasping a knife. They wear Greek costume with embroidered jackets and full white breeches. On the right are long-robed ecclesiastics, headed by a bearded patriarch with a cross in one hand, a knife in the other.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Heath, William, 1795-1840, printmaker.
  • Title: A comfortable thing to be king of Greece [graphic] / W. Heath.
  • Publication: [London] : Pub. March 6, 1830 by T. McLean, 26 Haymarket, [6 March 1830]

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Acquired November 2020

The jolly Bachanalians

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The musical score with lyrics of a drinking song “The jolly Bacchanalians” with a copy of William Hogarth’s “A midnight modern conversation” which shows a large party of men smoking, drinking, and singing around a table with a large bowl in the center. Several of the men are clearly intoxicated, one has fallen off his chair, lost his wig and is sprawled on the ground.

  • Title: The jolly Bachanalians [graphic] : set by Mr. Galliard.
  • Publication: [London] : [Printed for the proprietors & sold by J. Newbery at the Bible & Sun in St. Paul’s Church Yard], [1746]

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Hogarth 746.00.00.22 Box 105

Acquired January 2021

A merry go-round in honor of the peace

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A satire on the Peace of Amiens between France and England, with caricatures of national figures (Holland, Russia, Britain, Spain, Turkey and Prussia) dancing to Napoleon’s tune. Napoleon stands at right with pipe and tambourine singing ‘Ah ci-ira, ci-ira!’.


  • Printmaker: Roberts, Piercy, active 1791-1805, printmaker.
  • Title: A merry go-round in honor of the peace [graphic] / Woodward del. ; etch’d by Roberts.
  • Publication: London : Pub’d by P. Roberts, 28 Middle-row, Holborn, [1802]

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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]

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Acquired September 2020

The Ram’s Head Inn

men in a tavern

A scene in a tavern with a pair of inebriated men sitting on a bench in front of fireplace, smoking pipes and drinking from tankards, a dog at their feet. Another man from the next booth leans over the wall to engage them in conversation which they seem not to enjoy. In the next booth (right) a group of four men play cards while a fifth looks on.


  • Artist: Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, artist.
  • Title: [The Ram’s Head Inn] [art original].
  • Production: [England], [ca. 1785]

Catalog Record

Drawings R79 no.16 Box 2

Acquired August 2020

In place ha! ha! hah!

A man stands facing the viewer, a pipe in his left hand and a paper labelled “London Gazette” sticking out of the pocket of his coat. He gleefully points with his left hand to two bottles set on a drop-leaf table beside him. The room is decorated with a marble pilaster with Ionic capital.

  • Title: In place ha! ha! hah! [graphic].
  • Publication: [Alnwick] : Printed and published by W. Davison, Alnwick, [between 1812 and 1817]

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Acquired September 2019

Let us all be unhappy together

“Popular print, satire, after print published by Laurie & Whittle in 1794 (British Museum satires no. 8596): five men sit at a small square table on which are glasses and an empty punch-bowl, all have expressions of deep melancholy: one reverses his glass, another breaks his pipe, the bowl of which still smokes, the third weeps, the fourth looks down with a gesture of deprecating misery, the fifth looking towards the viewer.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Title: Let us all be unhappy together [graphic].
  • Publication: [Alnwick] : Printed and published by W. Davison, Alnwick, [between 1812 and 1817]

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Acquired September 2019

The smoaking club

description below“Elderly men sit and stand, all smoking long pipes; large clouds of smoke issue from their mouths, but little or nothing comes from the bowls of their pipes. Most sit or stand silently morose; two standing men (left) appear to be puffing smoke in each other’s faces. One leans back, apparently asleep, but smoking. An ugly man seated on the extreme right takes the hand of a pretty young woman who stands opposite him; he holds a large key. She slips a note into the hand of a fierce-looking military officer who stands with his back to her. On the wall (right) is a placard: ‘At a general meeting of this Society, it was resolv’d by a Majority of Independent members, that any member may be Indulg’d with having the Key brought him, by his Servant or hand-maid, but on no pretence whatever be followd by that bane of good fellowship calld the White Sergeant.’ Above the door are framed Rules: ‘Ist No Gemman to be a member of this Society who cannot smoke three pipes at one sitting – NB no Spitting 2d No members pipe to be more than 14 Inches nor less than nine unless permitted so to do by the Landlady 3d Every member to find his own Stopper 4th Any member who puffs designedly in the face of another, to be find sixpence or be puff’d at in return by the whole company 5th All fines to be spent in Porter T. Twig Secy’ On the back wall is a large print of Sir Walter Raleigh seated smoking (right) while a servant raises a bucket to fling at the smoke.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Scott, Edmund, approximately 1746-1810, printmaker.
  • Title: The smoaking club [graphic] / I. Boyne delt. ; E. Scott sculpt.
  • Publication: London : Publish’d 10 Jany. 1792 by Bull & Jeffryes, Ludgate Hill], [10 January 1792]

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Acquired March 2019

The shepherds holyday

see description below“Rural scene with two couples dancing on the left while a man pipes and plays a drum under a tree on the right, and another couple watch at a table in front of him, smoking and drinking; village in the background.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Title: The shepherds holyday [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Published Oct. 24th, 1794, by John Fairburn, map, chart & printseller, No. 146 Minories, London, [24 October 1793]

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Acquired June 2019