Croesus and Thalia


Print shows an ugly and leering elderly man, identified as the London banker Thomas Coutts, embracing the actress Harriet Mellon (later Mrs. Coutts, and subsequently Duchess of St. Albans).

  • PrintmakerRowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, printmaker.
  • TitleCroesus and Thalia [print] : as rich as Croesus, as ripe as a melon / Rowlandson invt.
  • Publication[London : Pub. 15 May, 1815, by T. Palser, Surry Side Westr. Bridge, 15 May 1815]

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Acquired June 2016

Portrait of George Frideric Handel


“Portrait after Hogarth; three-quarters length standing directed to left, looking towards the viewer, right arm resting on a ledge, holding a sheet of music, his left hand at his breast, wearing a frock coat and soft, fringed cap, drawn down over his right temple, with a cloak hung over his right shoulder.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerTurner, Charles, 1774-1857, printmaker.
  • Title: [Portrait of George Frideric Handel] [graphic] / from an original painting by Hogarth ; engraved by C. Turner.
  • PublicationLondon : Published April 4th, 1821, by for [sic] the proprietor by C. Turner, 50 Warren Strt., Fitzroy Square, [4 April 1821]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Portraits H235 no. 1++

Acquired July 2016

A full and true account of the dreadful and melancholly earthquake

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A satire.
The imprint is fictitious.

  • AuthorBentley, R. (Richard), 1708-1782, attributed name.
  • TitleA full and true account of the dreadful and melancholly earthquake, which happened between twelve and one o’clock in the morning, on Thursday the fifth instant : with an exact list of such persons as have hitherto been found in the rubbish. In a letter from a gentleman in town, to his friend in the country.
  • EditionThe fifth edition.
  • PublishedLondon [i.e. Dublin] : Printed for Tim. Tremor, near the Temple Gate, Fleet-Street, 1750.

Catalog Record

File 63 750 B44d

Acquired July 2016

Particulars and conditions of sale of a freehold estate

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This catalogue describes the contents of an auction by Christie and Anstell of an estate in Pinner in four lots in July 1779. The fist lot consisted of “a spacious freehold house, with uniform wings, pleasure ground, fine plantations, kitchen garden, and rich meadow; containing in the whole, 26 acres”. The residence, with rooms and grounds described in detail, was purchased by Francis Legge (c. 1719-1783), then governor of Nova Scotia, recalled to London in February 1776 to answer charges of mismanagement of the colony. The catalogue bears Legge’s signature as purchaser. Printed “conditions of sale” are included.

  • AuthorChristie and Ansell (London, England)
  • TitleParticulars and conditions of sale of a freehold estate, situate, lying and being in the hamlet of Pinner, and in the parish of Harrow on the Hill, about 13 miles from London, in the county of Middlesex : which will be sold by auction, by Mess. Christie and Ansell, at their Great Room, in Pall-Mall, on Wednesday, July 21, 1779, at one o’clock, in four lots.
  • Publication[London : Christie and Ansell, 1799]

Catalog Record

File 125 C555 779

Acquired June 2016

Frost Fair on the River Thames

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“In the foreground is the riverside in Southwark, with spectators, and a vendor of ‘A hot Mutton Pie or an Apple Pie’; a gangway placarded ‘The New City Road’ leads from the pavement to ice. In the background is a detailed view of riverside buildings, the north ends of Blackfriars Bridge (left) and London Bridge (right), St. Paul’s, many spires, and the Monument (right). Letters on the print refer to a key in the lower margin. Tents are dotted over the ice, with a group of three in the centre of the design: ‘The City of Moscow’ has two other placards, ‘Barclays Intire’ and ‘Good Gin Rum &c.’ It flies a Russian flag and on its summit is the effigy of a man. Behind this is the ‘Lord Wellington for Ever’, with a Union flag, and on the left the ‘Orange Boven’ [see No. 12102] with ‘Good Ale Porter & Gin’; it flies the striped flag of the Stadtholder. In front of this people are dancing while a fiddler plays (‘H, Dancing and Fidling’). Behind these tents there is a curving line of spectators and pedestrians along the stream of the river, inscribed ‘I, The main walk’. At intervals along it are various attractions: ‘B, Copperplate Printing’ (the press is being worked), ‘The Wiskey Shop’ (a small booth), a printing-press with a placard ‘Frost Fair Printing Office’ (‘A, Letterpress Printing’), and, farther on, another press: ‘Thames Printing Office’ (also marked ‘A’). Other incidents are skittles (two games, ‘F, playing at Skittles’); ‘G, Throwing at Gingerbread’, with sticks, the slabs being placed on upright sticks. Two boat-shaped swings, one placarded ‘High Flyer’ (‘E, Swinging’); two ‘Ballad Singers’ (‘D’), a man and woman; the carcase of a sheep, hanging from a gibbet-like erection (‘C, A Sheep to be roasted’). In the distance a barber shaves a man who is seated in the open (‘K, Shaveall at work’).”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • TitleFrost Fair on the River Thames [graphic] : as it appeared in the hard frost, Feby. 4, 1814, between London and Blackfriars Bridges when the river was one sheet of ice and snow, and on which several trades and pastimes were carried on, the above view was taken on the spot at Bankside Feby. 4.
  • Publication[London : Published Feby. 14, 1814, by G. Thompson, No. 43 Long Lane, West Smithfield, 14 February 1814]

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Acquired February 2016

The managers last kick, or, The distruction of the Boroughmongers


Woodcut on silk with floral border;

  • Title:The managers last kick, or, The distruction of the Boroughmongers [graphic].
  • Created:[London : Publisher not identified, 1832?]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Drawer 832.00.00.35+

Acquired July 2014

The west prospect of St. Martin’s Church in the Fields, Westminster

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“View of the west front of the church, a graveyard to the right; in sky a scroll with a dedication to Browne Willis Esq; a flag flying from the top of the tower.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerVertue, George, 1684-1756, printmaker.
  • TitleThe west prospect of St. Martin’s Church in the Fields, Westminster [graphic].
  • Publication[London : publisher not identified], 1744]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Topos L847 no. 148+

Acquired May 2016