Mrs. Wrighten

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“Portrait of Mrs. Frances Wrighten, half-length, directed to right, facing to front, holding sheet music, hair high and decorated with pearls; oval frame with lettering underneath and a motif of musical instruments that intrudes into the frame; after Dighton, from a set of twelve theatrical portraits.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Laurie, Robert, 1755-1836, printmaker.
  • Title: [Mrs. Wrighten] [graphic] / R. Dighton pinx. ; R. Laurie sc.
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. as the act directs March 1st, 1780, by W. Richardson, No. 68 High Holborn, [1 March 1780]

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Acquired July 2023

A duett at the Hanover Square concert

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Two women stand on a balcony, mouths open in song and eyes cast downward at their music sheet. They wear corsetted dresses and feathered head wear. A satire of the duet performed by Harriet Abrams (1758-1821), the English soprano and composer, and her sister Theodosia (ca. 1770-1849), a contralto, on 9 May 1788 at Hanover Square Rooms. The piece performed was ‘Gia che mia sposa sei’ by Antonio Sacchini, and the occasion was the annual benefit concert for the tenor Samuel Harrison.


  • Title: A duett at the Hanover Square concert [graphic] / JN [monogram] 1788.
  • Publication: London : Pub. by W. Holland, No. 50 Oxford Street, Augst. 5, 1789.

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Acquired November 2022

Concert of cats

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A group of cats look at book opened to a musical score, on the right and images of mice on the left. Some of the cats are singing while one plays a trumpet; one of the cats wears spectacles. In the foreground are a violin and loose sheets of music. The book is propped against a birdhouse from which emerges a mouse; a cloth has been draped over the birdhouse.

  • Title: [Concert of cats] [graphic].
  • Publication: [London?] : [publisher not identified], [not before July 1817?]

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Acquired April 2020

Dancing bear

Nine small scenes, arranged in three rows, showing people and animals engaged in various activities.

  • Title: Dancing bear [graphic] ; Don Quixote & Sancho ; Paul Puff & Jerry Sneak ; Farmer & pig ; Ballad singers ; Pompey the Little ; Dancing dogs ; A robber ; Astronomers.
  • Publication: [Alnwick] : Printed and published by W. Davison, Alnwick, [between 1812 and 1817]

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Acquired September 2019

[Elizabeth Billington] Letter : Venice, to Emanuele Niecco …

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ALS written at the height of her popularity in Italy (1796-1799), Billington discusses her upcoming performance at the carnival in Genoa, thanks him for the offer of the use of his home and the payment that she requires. She requires a quick response because she was also in the midst of negotiations for a performance in Vienna.

  • Author: Billington, Elizabeth, 1768-1818.
  • Title: Letter : Venice, to Emanuele Niecco, Genoa,¬† [1798?] January.

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LWL Mss File 105

Acquired October 2012