Always a character

description below

A caricatured portrait of comedian John Liston, standing before the Theatre Royal. Leaning against a bollard is a placard advertising the play ‘Fish out of Water’ in which he was starring as ‘Sam Savoury’.

  • Printmaker: Ash, William, active 1823, printmaker, artist.
  • Title: Always a character [graphic] / Wm. Ash invt. & fet.
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. Novr. 25th, 1823, by G. Humphrey, 24, St. James’s St. & 74, New-Bond St., London, [25 November 1823]

Catalog Record

823.11.25.01

Acquired April 2023

The sixth day of the trial of the late Queen Caroline

description below

“The interior of the House of Lords, crowded with nobles in the benches and galleries on either side, attending the trial of Queen Caroline for adultery with Pergami, her Italian secretary; George IV stands, hands on hips, in the left gallery, the editors of the Times and Courier lean over the front bench below it, Robert Gifford, attorney general, stands in front of them holding a finger to his chin thoughtfully while Spinetti interprets for a witness, Majocchi, at the bar, behind which Tyrwhitt, Long and Castlereagh, sit sifting papers to the left of the Queen’s solicitor and Denman, who takes a paper from Henry Brougham, the Queen sits to the right in front of the bar, Earl Grey stands in the right aisle, pointing with his right arm towards the witness, and the artist is shown standing with a folio under his arm on the far right.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Hayter, George, Sir, 1792-1871, printmaker, artist.
  • Title: The sixth day of the trial of the late Queen Caroline in the House of Lords, August the twenty third, 1820 [graphic] / GHayter invt., pinxit, et incidit, 1823.
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [1823]

Catalog Record

Drawer 823.00.00.28+

Acquired May 2022

The new and complete Newgate calendar

8 volume set of books

  • Author: Jackson, William, active 1795, author.
  • Title: The new and complete Newgate calendar : or, Malefactor’s universal register : containing, new and authentic accounts of all the lives, adventures, exploits and last dying-speeches, confessions, (as well as letters to their relatives, never before published) of the most notorious criminals, and the violators of laws of their country (of both sexes and denominations), who have suffered death and other exemplary punishments … from the year 1700, to the present time : the whole properly arranged from the records of the courts / by William Jackson.
  • Edition: A new edition with great additions, illustrated with elegant copper plates.
  • Publication: London : Printed for Alexander Hogg & Co., Paternoster Row, and G. Offor, and Sons, Tower Hill, 1818.

Catalog Record

52 N45 818

Acquired July 2022

The history of the life and reign of Philip King of Macedon

printed text

  • Author: Leland, Thomas, 1722-1785.
  • Title: The history of the life and reign of Philip King of Macedon : the father of Alexander / by Thomas Leland.
  • Publication: London : Printed by Thomas Harrison for W. Johnston, in St. Paul’s Church Yard, MDCCLVIII [1758]

Catalog Record

49 314

Acquired February 2022

Eikōn basilikē. The pourtraicture of his sacred majestie…

printed text and pasted in manuscript letter

  • Author: Gauden, John, 1605-1662, author.
  • Title: Eikōn basilikē. The pourtraicture of his sacred majestie in his solitudes and sufferings.
  • Publication: [London] : [printed by John Grismond], MDCXLVIII [1648, i.e. 1649]

Catalog Record

496 1507

Acquired January 2022

Portrait of G.F. Handel, from a painting by Hogarth

description below

“Portrait of G.F. Handel, from a painting by Hogarth, then in the etcher’s collection; bust directed to the right, looking towards the viewer, in fur-trimmed cap and coat.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Read, David Charles, 1790-1851, printmaker.
  • Title: [Portrait of G.F. Handel, from a painting by Hogarth] [graphic].
  • Publication: [Salisbury, England] : [David Charles Read], [not after 1830]

Catalog Record

830.00.00.164+

Acquired January 2022

John Broughton, prize fighter

description below

“Copy of a man with shaven head (James Figg) in casual dress, holding quarter-staff in his right hand and round-brimmed hat in the left, standing whole length to front in a landscape, with head tilted to right, glancing towards the viewer, smiling with lips parted; after a painting by Hogarth in a private collection.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Ross, F., active 1828-1849, printmaker.
  • Title: John Broughton, prize fighter [graphic] : from the original picture (of the same size) by William Hogarth, in the collection of Henry Ralph Willett, Esqre. of Merly House, in the County of Dorset / W. Hogarth ; F. Ross.
  • Publication: London : Published for the proprietor March 25th, 1842, by W. & G. Smith, 24 Lisle Street, Leicester Square, [25 March 1842]
  • Manufacture: [London] : C. Graf, lith. to Her Majesty

Catalog Record

842.00.00.07+

Acquired December 2021

The Royal Family of Great Britain

description below

A group portrait of George III, Queen Charlotte, and their thirteen surviving children each numbered with a key below. The youngest children play with kites and marbles. In the background Princess Amelia (the youngest) jumps into the arms of her brother, Prince Ernest Augustus. The older members of the family form small groupings that are engaged in conversation. In the foreground are books, charts, and globes, suggesting their education and cultural pursuits.

  • Title: The Royal Family of Great Britain [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Printed and sold by Carington Bowles, No. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London, [ca. 1785?]

Catalog Record

785.00.00.119

Acquired February 2022

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