The gout

A man sits in an armchair facing right, resting his gouty left foot on a footrest; a cane rests between his legs. He rings a bell and looks over his right shoulder at a young servant who is leaving the room through a door on the left. A hill is visible through a window on the right.

  • Title: The gout [graphic].
  • Publication: [Alnwick] : Printed and published by W. Davison, Alnwick, [between 1812 and 1817]

Catalog Record 

812.00.00.104

Acquired September 2019

The town tooth drawer

The interior of a well-furnished room. The dentist stands in front of a middle-aged woman seated in a chair (right); he holds her forehead with one hand, with the other he applies a small instrument to her mouth. She grasps a shawl in her left hand. A black boy in livery stands behind the dentist (left) holding an open case of instruments; he looks round grinning. A young woman stands clasping her hands and looking with an expression of horrified concern at the operation. The dentist wears a bag-wig. A cat arches its back and meows. Through a draped sash-window is a steeple. On the wall is a bird in a cage and an oval landscape. Below it is a settee on which sheef of paper.

  • Title: The town tooth drawer [graphic].
  • Publication: [Alnwick] : Printed and published by W. Davison, Alnwick, [between 1812 and 1817]

Catalog Record 

812.00.00.100

Acquired September 2019

[Galvanism, or, The miraculous recovery of the unfortunate Miss Baily]

Galvanism. Detailed description below.

A young woman sits despairingly on the edge of a bed, with the end of a garter round her neck; the other end dangles from the bed-tester. She watches a servant holding a foppish, elderly naval officer by the collar as he flourishes a cudgel. At his feet lie a set of bellows. On the wall is a framed picture of Venus and Adonis with Cupid.

  • Artist: Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878, artist.
  • Title:[ Galvanism, or, The miraculous recovery of the unfortunate Miss Baily] [art original] / George Cruikshank.
  • Production: [England], [ca. 1807]

Catalog Record 

Drawings C889 no. 7 Box D115

Acquired March 2019

Dignity!

Caricature of Queen Caroline and Bergami seated at a table

Caricature of Queen Caroline and Bergami seated at a table set with elegant china tureens and plates. On the rigth an English officer (Captain Pechell) extends his hand graciously as he declines to sit with them. Behind him two servants(?) look on with concern.

  • Printmaker: Lane, Theodore, 1800-1828, printmaker.
  • Title: Dignity! [graphic].
  • Publication: London : Pubd. by G. Humphrey, 27 St. James’s St., June 7, 1821.

Catalog Record 

821.06.07.01

Acquired March 2019

Melancholy loss of the medal

A magistrate sits behind his table listening intently to the angry harangue of a naval officer

“A magistrate sits behind his table listening intently to the angry harangue of a naval officer (right) who faces the accused (left), demure-looking, plainly-dressed woman, wearing a checked apron tucked round her waist, but evidently a prostitute. She is supported by two keen-looking lawyers. The officer, who is paunchy and wears very wide white trousers, stands with legs apart, right arm extended with pointing forefinger. He shouts: No. No. I’ve found my Breeches, but consider your Worship how I shall be Quized–The L–d H–h-A–l knows all about it. I never was before the Public but once, shant forget that in a hurry–Yes–yes I found the breeches, but where’s my Silver Gilt Trafalgar Medal eh? I’ll have it if it costs me a Thousand Pounds. I could’ent live without it. Ay Ay she’s the Thief but I will not hang her unless your worship wishes it–If I had her aboard my Ship D–n me I’de give her a round dozen–I would. Behind him stand a footboy in livery and two rough-looking men. The woman extends both arms and says pathetically I never robbed you Sir. The lawyer says: There’s no proof you cant Harm–her.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Heath, William, 1795-1840, printmaker.
  • Title: Melancholy loss of the medal [graphic].
  • Publication: [London?] : [publisher not identified], [1828?]

Catalog Record 

828.00.00.01+ Impression 2

Acquired October 2018

Black eyed lovers

“Satire on servants; a scene in a pantry with a liveried servant retreating in horror from a stout woman, probably a cook; he holds his hand to his face which sports two black eyes and she, scowling in fury, extends her right fist.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerNewton, Richard, 1777-1798, printmaker, artist.
  • TitleBlack eyed lovers [graphic] / drawn & etchd. by Rd. Newton.
  • PublicationLondon : Pubd. by Willm. Holland, Oxford St., Novr. 1795.

Catalog Record 

795.11.00.01+

Acquired May 2017

A Catalanian pic nic society at private rehearsal

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Six members of the society sit in a row, each singing a different song. All are ugly and elderly except one lady who turns to her neighbour singing, “In sweetest harmony we live.” The latter, almost bald, sits on the extreme left, singing, “Time has not thinn’d my flowing hair.” A fat, ugly lady bawls towards her left hand neighbour: “Encompass’d in [an] angels frame.” He sings to her: “Together let us ran[ge] the fields.” A man with closed eyes from which tears fall, sings: “Said a smile to a tear what cause have you hear.” A gouty, old naval officer on the extreme right sings: “Oh exquisite harmony!! Music has charms to soften rocks and bend the knotted oak.” A dishevelled footman with a bottle in his coat-pocket walks from the right, tilting his salver of glasses so that they fall on a squalling cat. He sings tipsily: “From night till morn I take my glass I hopes to forget my Chloe!!” A dog on the left howls.

  • Printmaker: Cruikshank, Isaac, 1756?-1811?, printmaker.
  • Title: A Catalanian pic nic society at private rehearsal [graphic] / Woodward del. ; Cruikshank sp.
  • Published: [London] : Pubd. by T. Tegg, 111 Cheapside, March 12, 1807.

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

807.03.14.02+

Acquire April 2013

French barracks


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A view of the interior of a busy French barracks shows a more domestic than military atmosphere although weapons and other gear adorn the walls and lay scattered on the floor. The scene includes a woman nursing a baby, children playing, woman doing washing.

Based on a watercolor by Rowlandson, in The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University. (Drawings R79 no.13 Box D200)

  • Artist: Rowlandson, Thomas  1756-1827
  • Title: French barracks [graphic] / drawn & etchd by T. Rowlandson ; aquatinta by T. Malton.
  • Published: [London] : Publish’d Aug. 12, 1791, by S.W. Fores, N. 3 Piccadilly, [12 August 1791]

Catalog record & Digital collection

791.08.12.01++

Acquired November 2012

Can you forbear laughing

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“A lady stands at her dressing-table (right), her hair in an enormous pyramid decorated with feathers torn from a peacock, an ostrich and a cock. A young girl wearing a hat holds the peacock by a wing; another wearing a cap tugs hard at one of its tail feathers (which are very unlike peacock’s feathers). An ostrich (left), which has lost most of its tail feathers, is about to pluck out those which ornament the lady’s hair. A cock stands in the foreground (right), having lost almost all its tail feathers, many of which lie on the floor. A black servant wearing a turban stands on his mistress’s right, handing feathers from a number which he holds in his left hand. The lady, who faces three-quarter to the right, is elaborately dressed in the fashion of the day. Her pyramid of hair is decorated with lappets of lace and festoons of jewels as well as with feathers. She wears large earrings, a necklace with a cross, her bodice is cut very low, and her elbow sleeves have lace ruffles. A pannelled wall forms the background.”–British Museum online catalog.

  • Printmaker: Dawe, Philip.
  • Published: London : Printed for R. Sayer & J. Bennett, No. 53 Fleet Street, as the act directs 14 June 1776.

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

776.06.14.01+

Acquired November 2012

Jack in his element

Jack in his element.

Published: [London] : Publish’d 17th June 1793 by Robt. Sayer & Co., Fleet Street, London, [1793]

793.06.17.01+ Impression 2

Poll, the widow of William, stands at her cottage door in a village near the sea, a ship in full-sail in the distance, as Jack delivers the sad news of the death of her husband. In the verses engraved below recount the “jovial” life of a sailor to the refrain of “In every mess I finds a friend, in every port a wife.” Five columns of verse below title: Bold Jack the sailor, here I come, pray how d’ye like my nib …

Jack in his element: 1 print on wove paper : mezzotint ; plate mark 35.3 x 25.3 cm., on sheet 37 x 29 cm.Subjects (Library of Congress): Sailors; Dwellings; Servants; Spouses; Satires (Visual works)–England–1793; Genre prints–England–1793; Mezzotints–England–London–1793; Sayer, Robert, 1725-1794, publisher.

Gift of William M. O’Keefe; July 2010.

Lewis Walpole Library new acquisition: July, 2010