The new South Sea fishery

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A satire ridiculing the first Nootka Convention in which Spain conceded England’s right to maintain outposts in Nootka Sound and engage in whaling outside a “ten-league line” off the Northwest coast of North America. In a small row boat on the Pacific and facing the west coast of North American, Pitt stands fishing with a rod baited with a sack labelled “3 million genl. elc”. Beside him in the boat is Henry Dundas holding another sack labelled “million gen. elec” and beside him in the back of the boat, a third sack also labelled “million gen elec”. Selected points along the shore from the Sea of Kamtschatka and Bristol Bay (north) to New Mexico are identified with no attempt at try scale: Nortons Sound, Alaska, Cooks River, Ps. William Sound, Spanish Land, Nootka or King Georges Sound, New Albion, California. Off the coast of Alaska are shown the islands Arako and Foxes Is. Whales surface above the water inside the buoys with flags reading “10 leagues”. In the upper left is a galley “Convention”. Pitt says “I fear Harry the fishing will never answer.” Dundas replies, “Never mind tha Billy the gudgeons we have caught in England will pay for all.”

  • PrintmakerCruikshank, Isaac, 1756?-1811?, printmaker.
  • TitleThe new South Sea fishery, or, A cheap way to catch whales [graphic] / J. Cruikshanks fect.
  • PublicationLondon : Pub. Jany. 4, 1791, by H. Humphries, N. 18 Old Bond St., [4 January 1791]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

791.01.04.01++

Acquired October 2015

 

A full and true account of the surprising trial…

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The woodcut shows a man under the guillotine with the executioner’s hand on the rope ready to release the blade.

  • TitleA full and true account of the surprising trial and condemnation of his most Christian Majesty Louis XVI …
  • PublicationNorwich [England : Printed and sold by S. White, 1793]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

File 82 793F+

Acquired July 2015

A treaty of commerce

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A street scene with a row of buildings in the background, a man who is having his boots polished by a boy crouched before his bench turns to an elegantly dressed lady. He hold his hat and cane in his rights hand and offers a coin to the woman.

  • TitleA treaty of commerce [graphic].
  • Publication:[London: Published 1st Novr. 1797 by Laurie & Whittle, No. 53 Fleet Street, London, 1 November 1797]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

797.11.01.01

Acquired July 2015

Wife & no wife, or, A trip to the Continent

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“The interior of a large church or cathedral. Burke, dressed as a Jesuit, standing within a low, semicircular wall at the foot of a crucifix, marries the Prince of Wales and Mrs. Fitzherbert. The Prince is about to put the ring on her finger. Fox gives her away, holding her left wrist. Beside him (right) stands Weltje in back view but looking to the left at the ceremony. A napkin is under his left arm, bottles project from his coat-pockets, and the tags on his shoulder denote the liveried manservant. To the left of Fox appears the profile of George Hanger. On the left North sits, leaning against the altar wall, sound asleep, his legs outstretched. He wears his ribbon but is dressed as a coachman, his hat and whip beside him. All the men wear top-boots to suggest a runaway match. Behind the Prince in a choir seat is a row of kneeling monks who are chanting the marriage service. The crucifix is partly covered by a curtain, but the legs and feet are painfully distorted … On the wall and pillars of the church are four framed pictures: ‘David watching Bathsheba bathing’, ‘St. Anthony tempted by monsters’, ‘Eve tempting Adam with the apple’, and ‘Judas kissing Christ’, the last being over the head of Fox.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerGillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
  • TitleWife & no wife, or, A trip to the Continent [graphic] / design’d by Carlo Khan.
  • PublicationLondon : Publish’d by Willm. Holland, No. 66 Drury Lane, London, March 27, 1786.

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

786.03.27.01.2++

Acquired October 2015

A copy of verses humbly presented to the Right Worshipful the Mayor

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Probably a Christmas poem.
With a woodcut showing a watchman with his dog with buildings including a church behind

  • AuthorBouch, Thomas.
  • TitleA copy of verses humbly presented to the Right Worshipful the Mayor, the aldermen, and common-council-men, and the rest of my worthy masters and mistresses dwelling in King’s-Lynn / by Thomas Bouch, watchman, 1752.
  • Publication[King’s Lynn, England? : Publisher not identified, 1752]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

File 763 752 B752++

Acquired July 2015

Come come my good shepherds

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The song which Arne contributed to Garrick’s Shakespeare adaptation ‘Florizel and Perdita, or, The winter’s tale’, the other music being by Boyce; arr. on two staves for low voice and harpsichord; with a version for the flute or guitar.

  • CreatorArne, Michael, 1741?-1786.
  • Uniform Title: [Winter’s tale. Come, come my good shepherds]
  • TitleCome come my good shepherds / set by Mr Michl. Arne ; the words by Mr. Garrick.
  • Published[London : Publisher not identified, 1756?]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

File 768 G19 756W+

Acquired July 2015

 

John Wilkes Esqr

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A watercolor after the popular satirical print of the same title by William Hogarth, first published 16 May 1763.

  • TitleJohn Wilkes Esqr [art original].
  • Production[England, ca. 1770?]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Drawings Un58 no. 86 Box 165

Acquired July 2015