The peddigree of Corporal Violet

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“The base of the design is a dunghill from which rises the head of Napoleon as a young republican officer, not caricatured. His head is covered by a large cup-shaped fungus, decorated with a tricolour cockade and resembling a Cap of Liberty; from its apex ascends a curving stalk, terminating in the large yellow rosette of a sunflower, centred by the head of Napoleon as Emperor, larger than that of the base, and representing an older man; like the lower one it is directed slightly to the right. Below it, leaves project from the stalk, balancing the design. On Napoleon’s head is an arrangement of stamens in the form of an imperial crown. These unite to form the long scraggy neck of the third Napoleon, a head in profile to the right, emaciated and desperate. On this head is a larger fungus than that below, projecting like an enormous hat. From it ascend the stems of a bunch of violets, copied from No. 12511, but with the addition of more flowers, and on a larger scale. It contains the profiles of Napoleon, Marie Louise, and the King of Rome, arranged exactly as in British Museum Satires No. 12511. Smaller fungi sprout from the dunghill, some flat and some conical, like caps of Liberty; on the latter tricolour cockades are indicated. Four little figures are on a slope (left) leading towards the dunghill, prepared to clear it away. In front are Blücher and Wellington, running forward, and talking to each other; one holds a spade, the other a broad hoe. Behind them is the Tsar, shouldering a pickaxe. Behind again stands Louis XVIII, with splayed gouty legs, supported on a crutch. He waves his hat to cheer them on.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Cruikshank, George, 1780-1842, printmaker.
  • Title: The peddigree of Corporal Violet [graphic] / etchd. by G. Cruikk. ; G.H. invt. et del.
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. by H. Humphrey June 9th, 1815 – No. 27 St. James’s St., [9 June 1815]

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Acquired April 2023

Reynard caught at last

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In an outdoor setting, Lord North and Edmund Burke look down at Charles Fox who stands knee-deep in a hole in the ground. All are in mourning clothes. Fox expresses fear of remaining in “this terrible Pitt” forever. An angry North, stamping his foot, expresses disillusionment in their coalition, while a quiet Burke decides to disassociate himself from Fox.

  • Title: Reynard caught at last, or, The [fox running away with a goose in its mouth] in a pitt [graphic].
  • Publication: [London] : Publish’d by E. Hedges, No. 92 Cornhill, March 19th 1784.

Catalog Record

784.03.19.01 Impression 3

Acquired July 2021

Theatre Royal, Jersey

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A playbill printed on silk.


  • Title: Theatre Royal, Jersey. By desire of Lt. Col. Blommart, and officers of the 62nd Regiment (Springers), on Wednesday, December 27th, 1809, will be performed the comedy of A cure for the [heart] ache … : End of the play, a comic song by Mr. C. Curtis. To conclude with the farce of We fly by night! or, Long stories … Places to be had of Mrs. Shatford, at Mrs. Viels …
  • Production: Jersey : Stead, Army Printer, 1809.

Catalog Record

File 767 P69B J55 1809 12/27+

Acquired June 2020

Wynnstay Theatre

Bartolozzi, Francesco, 1727-1815

Wynnstay Theatre / H. Bunbury inv. ; F. Bartolozzi sculp.

Published: [England? : s.n.], 1785.


Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn (1749-1789), politician and patron of the arts, held summer performances at his estate at Wynnstay, in North Wales. Bunbury incorporates into the design of this admission ticket the titles for the 1785 season: The Confederacy, As You Like It, The Agreeable Surprise, Venice Preserved, and Harlequin’s Invasion. The titles are shown on banners held by the figures of Tragedy, Comedy, Pantomime, and Farce or draped over the branches of the tree. Bunbury uses Farce dressed as a harlequin holding a club labelled “invasion” to form a rebus of Garrick’s play. In the background, the four figures are identified on the sails of a windmill. In the banner at the top of the oval is the name of the theatre and the year “1785” ; at the top and bottom of the oval are the masks of comedy and tragedy.

Wynnstay Theatre: 1 print on laid paper : stipple engraving in brown ink

Wynnstay Theatre: 1 print on laid paper : stipple engraving in brown ink

Subjects (Library of Congress): Wynnstay Theatre; Theater–Wales.

Material: Stipple engravings; Rebuses; Ephemera; Admission ticket.

Lewis Walpole Library new acquisition: 2009