A small audience sitting on benches on a tribune next to the equestrian statue of Cosimo I de’ Medici in Piazza della Signoria, watching a military parade of the guards of the Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo of Lorena (1765-1790), son of the Empress Maria Theresa of Habsburg and brother of Joseph II. The soldiers, forming an L-shaped cordon and led by four battalion officers, are recognizable by their tricorns and the bayonets. At the center of the square, under the grand building of Palazzo Vecchio, stands a troop of drummers. Figures in the the foreground include a group of cavalrymen bearing a banner and followed by a cart on the right; a lady and gentleman waiting for a landau carriage at center; and a figure, maybe a soldier on look-out, watching the scene in Palazzo Uguccioni’s shadow on the left.
Creator: Patch, Thomas, 1725-1782, artist.
Title: [View of Piazza della Signoria in Florence with the Grand Duke’s military guard] [art original].
A collection of pictorial conundrum cards from various unidentified sets of cards trimmed from larger sheets of etched images along with a single drawing signed “R. Ck.” suggesting it is his work on the largest set (incomplete) of 19 cards. The other four sets also incomplete are grouped by the similarity in style and letterforms. All cards contain a humorously named person with an image and a riddle. Presumably the sheet contained the answers to the riddles. Queen Victoria and Sir Edwin Eglinton (the Eglinton Tournament 1839) suggest the possible date of 1840.
Title: [Collection of pictorial conundrum cards] [graphic].
Production: [England], [between 1820 and 1840?]
Publication: [England] : [publisher not identified], [between 1820 and 1840?]
View inside Vauxhall Gardens, with the Grand Walk on the right leading towards the obelisk. The orchestra is seen to the left, flanked by pavillions on either side. Elegantly dressed figures socialize in the gardens and walk in pairs down the tree-lined path
Artist: Wale, Samuel, -1786, artist.
Title: [View at the entrance into Vaux Hall] [art original].
Three half-length sketches of men in two rows, two on the top row are shown bust-length facing left, while the one below is shown half-length playing a bassoon. Only the portrait on the top right is identified by the artist
An album of amateur drawings, with scenes in Kent, East Sussex, Hertfordshire and Surrey. The artist, only identified with the initials ‘S.G.L.’, provides titles and dates for the majority of the drawings. The first group (thirteen in all) dated 1828 are views in Kent, Sussex, and Hertfordshire, including Leeds Castle, Hythe, Sandgate, Rye, Pevensey Castle, Tunbridge Wells, St. Albans, and Hatfield. The second, larger group of drawings are scenes in and round the village of Bletchingley (sometimes Bletchingly) in Surrey, depicting village life.
Artist: L., S. G., artist.
Title: [Album of drawings of Bletchingley, 1828-1829] [art original] / S.G.L.
An album of sketches largely comprised of images drawn by a traveller in central and southern France in the late 1820s and early 1830s. The images, executed in a variety of media and styles, are mostly skillfully drawn landscapes, elevations of buildings, and people in local costume, with captions in French (with some English)
Title: [Sketchbookrecording a tour in central and southern France, with a few British views] [art original].
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.
A caricature of the new Lord Mayor of London: Harvey Combe stands centerd in the a hall, surrounded by a desperate looking group of people both rich and poor, who kneel and beg. A skeletal man (buthcher?) holds a knife in one hand and a scroll in the other enscribed with a large order for meat: “12 haundres vension, 6 necks do., 8 turtles, 20 brace partridges, 20 pheasants, 20 brace woodcocks, 16 sirloins beef bacon(?) &””. In the foreground lies another sheet which readss “Tripe Soup. Liver & Crow. Fried Tripe. Bill of Fare for 8 Novr.” The outgoing Lord Mayor, Sir Richard Glyn, who was notoriously spendthrift during his period in office, is seen being kicked out of the Mansion House holding large money bag with the word “Saving” written on it. The two cats on the left and the dog following the butcher are also thin from malnorishment. Two large spiders have spun large webs below the archway on the left below a two cupids holding a heart molded above the archway.
Artist: Nixon, John, -1818, artist.
Title: Hospitality kicking avarice out of doors, or, New tenants at a mansion house [art original] / J.N. 1799.
“The Prince of Wales …, sword in hand, gallantly protects Britannia against the attack of three conspirators: Pitt raises a headsman’s axe in both hands; Grafton, holding a conspirator’s lantern, is about to strike her with a dagger; Richmond … fires a musket, resting one knee on a cannon. The Prince wears a coronet with three ostrich feathers, he holds out his shield behind Britannia, who cowers towards him in terror.”–British Museum online catalogue, description of the print for which this is the original drawing.
Creator: Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, artist.
Title: Britannia’s support of the conspirators defeated [art original].