Lieutenant Colonel Henry Townshend

description below

“Portrait after Reynolds (?); standing almost half-length to right beside a bust, eyes to front, hat under his left arm and his hand inside his coat.”–British Museum online catalogue

  • Printmaker: McArdell, James, approximately 1729-1765, printmaker.
  • Title: Lieutenant Colonel Henry Townshend [graphic] / J.M. Ardell fecit.
  • Edition: [State 2].
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [1762?]

Catalog Record

Portraits T753He no.1+

Acquired June 2021

George 1st Marquess Townshend

description below

“Portrait, half-length, seated to front, with head turned to look to left, his right forearm leaning on a table, holding a telescope; wearing armour, and folded fabric draped over his right shoulder; curtain at left; after Joshua Reynolds (Mannings 1762).”–British Museum online catalogue, description of scratched-letter state.

  • Printmaker: Josey, Richard, approximately 1841-1906, printmaker.
  • Title: George 1st Marquess Townshend [graphic] : from the original picture in the possession of Robert Lovell Gwatkin Esqre. / Sir Joshua Reynolds ; T. Jose [sic].
  • Publication: London : Henry Graves & Compy., 6 Pall Mall, 1866.

Catalog Record 

Portraits T753G no.1

Acquired June 2021

A tragi-comical dialogue between my Lord Skaggs and his broomstick

printed text

“A broadside on Matthew Skeggs, a publican who became famous for miming music-making with a broomstick while making matching vocal sounds; with a round mezzotint after a painting by Thomas King, showing Skeggs facing towards the right, next to the portrait an etched broomstick surmounted by a dancing hog, and a suspended horn; with engraved title and verses of one poem and of one song text by Henry Howard in two columns.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Author: Howard, H. (Henry), author.
  • Title: A tragi-comical dialogue between my Lord Skaggs and his broomstick / by H. Howard.
  • Publication: London : Printed for John Ryall, at Hogarth’s Head, in Fleet Street, [1752]

Catalog Record

File 763 752 H83+

Acquired October 2021

The Honble. Colonel Townshend

description below

“Portrait of George Townshend standing three-quarter length slightly to left and leaning his right elbow on pedestal beside curtain, eyes to front, wearing uniform, his own hair curled, holding paper in his right hand labelled ‘A Bill Intituled, An Act for the Better Order of the Militia Forces.”–British Museum online catalogue, description of an earlier state.

  • Printmaker: McArdell, James, approximately 1729-1765, printmaker.
  • Title: The Honble. Colonel Townshend [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [not before 1764]

Catalog Record

Portraits T753G no.2

Acquired June 2021

Portraits and players

2 engraved portraits, one woman and two men

Two volumes of engraved portraits of notable, mostly British, statesmen, academics, churchmen, authors, and actors taken from 18th- and 19th-century publications. Many of the portraits have been carefully trimmed around the figure, with the title mount below and the page annotated with the birth and death dates of the subject. Others have been trimmed carefully to remove the background but preserve the frames. The arrangement of volume one with the spine label “Portraits” is unclear: the first portraits are removed and missing (although some laid in prints may have been removed from their mounts) and some volumes leaves have been cut out, but the first of the surviving approximately 90 portraits is of Robert South S.T.P. by George Vertue (publisher in 1715 by Jonah Bowyer) followed by a portrait of John Tillotson Dean of Canterbury and Archibishop and James Bradley D.D. third astronomer royal (1692– 1762) and then Mrs. Griffith, Mrs. Charlotte Smith, John Bigland (schoolmaster turned author), Richard Chenevix Bishop of Waterford (1698-1779) and other 18th-century figures Included are portraits of Samuel Johnson, David Garrick, Mrs. Oldfield, Mrs. Lessingham, Mrs. Davenport, Madame Mara, Benjamin Franklin, Edmund Burke, and Lord Byron as well as other notable authors and playwrights. Toward the end is a portrait of Joseph Vernet (à la poupée); Grose the antiquarian and a vignette of an artist with a book “Sketches from nature”. The second volume with the spine label “Players” begins with a newspaper clipping “Anecdote of Garrick in the character of Lear” followed by pages from which prints have been removed but the volume contains approximately 50 prints (some with color) of the men and women of the London stage in the 18th and early 19th centuries, mostly in character.

  • Creator: Bailly, R. C., collector.
  • Title: [Portraits and players] [graphic].
  • Production: [England], [not after 1810?]

Catalog Record

724 810B

Acquired September 2021

The Most Noble George Marquis Townshend

description below

“Portrait after Reynolds (Mannings 1764); Standing whole-length wearing armour with his hand resting on a table, behind him a tent and cavalry.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Turner, Charles, 1774-1857, printmaker.
  • Title: The Most Noble George Marquis Townshend [graphic] / painted by Sir Josa. Reynolds ; engraved by C. Turner.
  • Publication: London : Published Jany. 1, 1807, for the proprietor by Charles Turner, No. 50 Warren Street, Fitzroy Square, [1 January 1807]

Catalog Record

Drawer Portraits T753G no.5

Acquired June 2021

Frances Lady Bridges

description below

“Portrait, three-quarter length standing directed to left, head in profile, leaning chin on right hand, the elbow resting on a pedestal in front of her, draped with her cloak, left arm at her side, hair up, wearing a loose gown with billowing sleeves to the elbow, hitched slightly above with a jewel, land an oriental sash, landscape in the background; after Cotes.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Judkins, Elizabeth, active 1772-1775, printmaker.
  • Title: Frances Lady Bridges [graphic] / F. Cotes pinxt. ; Elizth. Judkins fecit.
  • Publication: London : Printed for Robt. Sayer, No. 53 in Fleet Street, [ca. 1770]

Catalog Record

770.00.00.136

Acquired July 2021

An impartial account of the life and writings of Joanna Southcott

book, printed text

  • Title: An impartial account of the life and writings of Joanna Southcott, the prophetess : containing the particulars respecting her miraculous pregnancy, and the coming of Shiloh, an abstract of her doctrines, and a variety of other interesting and authentic information. Embellished with a correct portrait of Joanna, and a drawing of the superb crib and canopy.
  • Publication: Leeds : Printed by Inchbold and Gawtress, and sold by A. Cumming, at his periodical warehouse, in Briggate., [1814]

Catalog Record

53 Im34 814

Acquired April 2021

Mary Tofts, of Godalmin

description below

Portrait, three-quarter length, sitting facing front, right elbow resting on a table, left hand holding a rabbit in her lap, wearing plain clothes, an apron, knotted scarf around her neck and small white cap, looking away to left; after Laguerre.

  • Title: Mary Tofts, of Godalmin [graphic] : the pretended rabbit breeder.
  • Publication: [London] : Published Jany. 1st, 1810, by Wm. Richardson Junr., 31 Strand, [1 January 1810]

Catalog Record

810.01.01.01

Acquired January 2021