Sporting characters

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On recto, two men walk to the left in a wood with guns. The man behind (right) holds his gun by the barrel pointed towards his companion’s posterior; he wears colored spectacles, a top hat, and is smoking a cigar. The man in front (left) looks back towards his companion as he holds his rifle by the butt, the barrel pointed over his shoulder at his companion’s face. The lines below: “I never likes to go out with a man as don’t carry his gun like a sportsman.” “Not I. I’m always wery particular.!”

On verso, a pencil drawing of two men (dustmen?) conversing as one points to the donkey that he holds by the reins.

Catalog Record 

Drawings H43 no. 1 Box D125

Acquired February 2019

London sportsmen shooting flying

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Two ‘cits’ are shown out for a day’s sport in the countryside. One is rather thin and fashionably dressed, while the other is an older, fat John Bull type. The younger man leaps a low fence, firing his rifle at a flight of birds, his clipped poodle leaping beside him. His fat companion stands on the far side of a ow stile, gun in hand, an eager bulldog at his side; he tries to catch his hat which his friend has knocked off.

  • Title: London sportsmen shooting flying [graphic].
  • Publication: [Alnwick] : Printed and published by W. Davison, Alnwick, [between 1812 and 1817]

Catalog Record 


Acquired February 2019

A rebel negro armed & on his guard


A black rebel holds a musket in his right hand as he turns to his left looking up apprehensively. Around his waist is a bandolier with a pouch and a hatchet. At his feet is the skull of a human head. Behind him on the right in the distance are two blacks running in the brush, also armed with rifles.

  • Printmaker: Bartolozzi, Francesco, 1727-1815, printmaker.
  • TitleA rebel negro armed & on his guard [graphic] / Bartolozzi sculpt.
  • PublishedLondon : Published Decr. 1st 1794 by J. Johnson, St. Paul’s Church Yard, [1 December 1794]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection


Acquired April 2014