Heraldic fan leaf

Paper fan with heraldry symbols

A heraldic fan leaf, a quick ready reference designed to interpret the status of British royalty and nobility with reasonable accuracy. Presumably the fan was intended as an accessory at the theatre, pleasure gardens and and other social events. The outer row contain heraldic charges beneath which are the crowns the Prince of Wales and various lesser crowned nobility; next are ‘Distinction of Houses’ and examples of ‘Knight of the Garter’ and ‘Commoner & his Lady’; next are ‘Points of Escutcheon’, ‘Metals & Colours’, ‘Furrs’ interspersed with how to distinguish a Bishop from and a Baronet and lastly there is a row of division of the field, very helpfully distinguishing between those men who have had 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 wives and and an heiress and possibly the future number 8.

  • Printmaker: Ovenden, T., active 1790-1813, printmaker.
  • Title: [Heraldic fan leaf] [graphic] / Ovenden sculpt.,Butcher Row.
  • Publication: [London] : Pubd. as the act directs Feby. 11, 1792, by F. Martin & Co., [11 February 1792]
  • Distribution: [London] : Sold by Sarah Ashton, Fan Maker, No. 28 Little

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Acquired September 2018

A memorial for the present age

  • TitleA memorial for the present age, and information to posterity, of the loyalty, patriotic zeal, and spirited exertions of the citizens of Bristol: being an account of the cause, rise, progress, and military improvement of the volunteers of the said city. With a correct list of the names of officers, and every soldier of the cavalry and infantry.
  • PublishedBristol : Printed by W. Matthews, 1797.

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64 B77 797

Acquired February 2018

Desespoir des ennemis de la France….

Desespoir des ennemis de la France....

A political cartoon with 42 bust caricatures of members of a conspiracy discovered by no. 1 “La Vigilance du Gouvernement Français”, a rooster or the Gallic cock, depicted at top center, holding “Correspondance de Mr. Draque – Ambassadeur de la Cour Britannique &c. &c.”

  • Title: Desespoir des ennemis de la France a la découverte de leurs complots.
  • Publication: [France?] : [publisher not identified], [1804]

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Acquired March 2018

The last of the Boroughbridges

“Wetherell (left), an invalid in dressing-gown and night-cap, reclines in an arm-chair, exhausted but laughing. Facing him stands Eldon in deep dejection, saying, with both hands raised, ‘Poor Boroughbridge! how is it with you?’ Cumberland, on the extreme right, stands behind Eldon, covering his face with his handkerchief; he says: ‘Facetious to the last!–It is quite affecting!’ Horace Twiss leans on the back of Wetherell’s chair; Chandos, dressed as a woman, stoops over the patient; both are smiling. Wetherell: ‘All over my friends! just in time to hear my “last speech and dying words”! But dont look so grave about it, I assure you we treat the matter in our house as if it was an excellent joke–to be sent out of the world with a dose of Russell’s purge”! is so droll; & then, we are to have such a merry funeral’. On a commode is a bottle labelled ‘Russell’s purge’. Peel, smiling, and Goulburn, holding a handkerchief to his face and leaning on Peel, watch from the background.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • CreatorDoyle, John, 1797-1868, lithographer.
  • TitleThe last of the Boroughbridges [graphic] / HB [monogram].
  • PublicationLondon : Published by Thos. McLean, 26 Haymarket, March 7th, 1831.
  • Manufacture[London] : Printed by C. Motte, 25 Leicester Sqre.

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Acquired March 2018

Iohn Bull peeping into futurity

Iohn Bull peeping into futurity

John Bull kneels beside a young gentlemen in a red cloak holding a magnifying glass and a stick, looking towards a cloud within which the future is foretold. It depicts John Bull in seven different scenarios: drinking unadulterated porter, free from taxes, smoking Trinidad tobacco, talking French & grown quite a fine gentleman, eating cinnamon from Ceylon, free from care, and with bread at 6d the quarter loaf. John Bull says: ‘what be all those people I see. Mercy on us so many good things will be more than I can bear’. His companion replies: ‘Look through this glass Mr. Bull & behold your future prosperity, it magnifies but very little I assure you’.

  • PrintmakerRoberts, Piercy, active 1791-1805, printmaker.
  • TitleIohn Bull peeping into futurity [graphic] / Woodward delin. ; etch’d by Roberts.
  • PublicationLondon : Pubd. by P. Roberts, 28 Middle Row, Holborn, [between 1801 and 1803?]

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Acquired May 2018

The art of cuckoldom

The art of cuckoldom title page

A spoof?

  • TitleThe art of cuckoldom : exemplified in the history of Don Fernando. A Spanish tale. With curious and interesting notes / translated by T. Dutton, Esq.
  • PublicationLondon : Printed for the translator; and sold by D. Brewman, No. 18, Little New Street, Shoe Lane, 1794.

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53 D95 794

Acquired April 2018

Sei Duetti … Dedicati a … la … Marchesana di Rockingamme

sheet music sheet music

  • CreatorGiardini, Felice, 1716-1796.
  • TitleSei Duetti … Dedicati a … la … Marchesana di Rockingamme.
  • Created[London], [1762]

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74 762 Se457

Acquired April 2018