A long story

description below“A number of men seated round a circular table over the wine manifesting sleepiness or exhaustion in different ways, while an officer in regimentals harangues them on some campaign. He sits over the table, in profile to the right, gesticulating with outstretched arms over a plan drawn on the table-cloth. Two overturned wine-glasses lie in front of him, two empty bottles stand on the table. On the farther side of the table a man stands up, stretching and yawning violently. His neighbour on his right also yawns; the man on his left supports his head on his hands, scowling at the speaker through half-closed eyes. Next him (right) a man in profile to the left holding a wine-glass yawns widely. Two others in profile to the right are asleep in attitudes of extreme weariness. A very fat man, sitting on the left. I turned away from the table, with outstretched legs in top-boots, yawns violently. From the right enters a servant with tousled hair, wearing a striped jersey; he is bringing in a boot-jack and pair of slippers, he too is yawning violently. In the foreground are two dogs.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Title: A long story [graphic] / H. Bunbury Esqr. invt.
  • Publication: [London] : [publisher not identified], [ca. 1802?]

Catalog Record 

802.04.25.02+

Acquired November 2019

Yawning is catching

Three figures yawning, woman on the right and two men, sit in chairs around a table with casters, on which sit a book and paper lettered: “W. Davison chymist”. On the wall are two landscape paintings.

  • Title: Yawning is catching [graphic].
  • Publication: [Alnwick] : Printed and published by W. Davison, Alnwick, [between 1812 and 1817]

Catalog Record 

812.00.00.105

Acquired September 2019

About your business

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Date of creation based on publication date of print. Published by S.W. Fores in November 1795 as “Deputy Pendulum’s motion for an address”; engraved by Isaac Cruikshank with Woodward’s name removed form lower left corner.

An ugly man in old-fashioned dress stands full-face, toes turned in, squinting, and looking downwards. An ‘Address’ is in his right hand, his left hand is in his breeches pocket; a document inscribed ‘Observations’ protrudes from his coat-pocket. His scanty audience of seven men, most of them sleeping, is behind him, on either side of a fireplace. A broken candle on the mantel drips wax into the mouth of one of the sleeping men (right), much to the amusement of his neighbour on his right. In the doorway on the far-left, one of the men uses a ear-trumpet; one holds a tea cup in his hand, and a third yawns. Over the chimney-piece is a large clock-face, the hands indicating 10:56; above it is a carved owl and the words ‘About your business’.

  • Artist: Woodward, G. M. (George Moutard), approximately 1760-1809, artist.
  • Title: About your business [drawing] / GM Woodward delin.
  • Published: [England], [1795]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Drawings W87 no. 56 Box D116

Acquired May 2013

Deputy Pendulum’s motion for an address

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Eleven lines of text below image and above title: Gemmen, at the general meeting you impowered [sic] me …

Publisher’s advertisement following imprint: Folios of caracatures [sic] lent out for the evening.

  • Printmaker: Cruikshank, Isaac, 1756?-1811?, printmaker.
  • Title: Deputy Pendulum’s motion for an address [graphic] / IC.
  • Published: Lond. [i.e. London] : Pub. Nov. 29, 1795, by S.W. Fores, No. 50 Piccadilly, [29 November 1795]

Catalog record & Digital collection

795.11.29.01 Impression 2

Acquired May 2013