William Darton, bookseller

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A view from the street of the bookseller William Darton’s shop at No. 58 Holborn in London, with the shop window filled with prints and books. Above the windows Darton advertises the scope of his wares: “Books in all languages on the arts, sciences &c.; Maps, plans, charts, prints & games; Works of merit soon as published. A woman and two children are shown looking in the windows while a second woman and child are shown entering the shop. A horse-drawn carriage enters the scene from the right. On the left, a man sits beside a lamppost with a basker and dog at his side.

  • Title: William Darton, bookseller [graphic].
  • Publication: London : William Darton, 58, Holborn Hill, 1822, where may be had maps and prints wholesale, [1822]

Catalog Record

File 66 822 W716

Acquired November 2021

Spectators at a print-shop

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“Satire; an extravagantly dressed woman catches a fashionable man by the arm as she points with her fan at a mezzotint droll in a print-shop window; a small dog looks up at her; an old gentleman with a stick standing on the right, stares at the prints and is surprised by a man with a warrant for his arrest.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Printmaker: Smith, John Raphael, 1752-1812, printmaker.
  • Title: Spectators at a print-shop in St. Paul’s Church Yard [graphic].
  • Edition: [State with plate no.].
  • Publication: [London] : Printed for Carington Bowles, at his map & print warehouse, No. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London, published as the act directs […] [not before 25 June 1774]

Catalog Record

774.06.25.01

Acquired November 2021

The library

description belowA scene in a fashionable library with ladies and gentlemen conversing with attendants at the counters on either side. On the left a woman looks in a book while her male companion converses with a clergyman, as the woman behind the counter consults a book. On the right, a man sits in a chair as a lady discusses her choices with the man behind the counter who reaches for a book below a sign ‘Stamp’. Behind him is another sign “Just published […]” An older woman with a walking stick approaches the counter on the right, followed by a Black servant and a dog. The windows are filled with books and prints. Through the open door a woman with an umbrella is silhouetted; to the left another sign “History Westminster and its monuments.”

 

  • Printmaker: Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, printmaker.
  • Title: The library [graphic] / J. Green delt.
  • Publication: [London] : [R. Ackermann], [1813]

Catalog Record

813.00.00.24

Acquired November 2020