The King of Brobdingnag, and Gulliver

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“George III, half length, stands in profile to the left, holding a tiny Napoleon on the palm of his right hand, and inspecting him through a spy-glass. He says: “My little friend Grildrig, you have made a most admirable \ “panegyric upon Yourself and Country, but from what I can \ “gather from your own relation & the answers I have with \ “much pains wringed & extorted from you, I cannot but con- \ “-clude you to be one of the most pernicious, little – odious \ “-reptiles, that nature ever suffer’d to crawl upon the surface of the Earth.” He wears military uniform with a bag-wig. The only background is a dark cloud-like shadow across the lower part of the design.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerGillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
  • TitleThe King of Brobdingnag, and Gulliver [graphic].
  • Published[London : Pubd. June 26th, 1803, by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James’s Street, 26 June 1803]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

803.06.26.01+

Acquired December 2014

Loum Kiqua

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A portrait of Loum Kiqua shown standing whole-length holding a long pipe in left hand and wearing Chinese dress and hat with a purse hanging from his waist. He stands in a room with a chequered floor and to the right a balcony overlooking ships on the water and the walls of a city complex.

  • Printmaker: Burford, Thomas, approximately 1710-approximately 1779, printmaker.
  • TitleLoum Kiqua [graphic] / D. Serres ad vivum pinxt. ; T. Burford fecit.
  • PublishedLondon : [Publisher not identified], publish’d according to act of Parliament, April 1757.

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Portraits L886 no. 1+

Acquired July 2014

King Henry the Eigth [sic] & Anna Bullen

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King Henry VIII leads Anne Boleyn towards the throne. A melancholy Cardinal Wolsey leans his head in his hand as he glances sideways toward the couple. In the background Katherine of Aragon sitting in another throne and turns away from the couple to converse with Anne’s former lover, Lord Percy. A young page carries the train of Anne’s dress as she enters the palace.

  • PrintmakerHogarth, William, 1697-1764, printmaker.
  • TitleKing Henry the Eigth [sic] & Anna Bullen [graphic] / design’d & engrav’d by Wm. Hogarth.
  • Edition[State 5].
  • PublishedLondon : Printed for Robert Wilkinson, Cornhil, Carington Bowles in St. Pauls Church Yard & R. Sayer, in Fleet Street, [circa 1790]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Acquired October 2014

Taking leave

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Fox (right), hat in hand, bows humbly before Bonaparte (left), who stands arrogantly, arms akimbo, head in profile to the right. The First Consul wears military uniform, boots, an enormous sword; on his head is a mural crown decorated with a cannon and skull and cross-bones, and bristling with sabres, pistols and daggers. Both men are shown full-length and in profile.

  • PrintmakerRowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, printmaker.
  • TitleTaking leave [graphic].
  • PublishedLondon : Pubd. Novr. 12, 1802 by W Holland No. 11 Cockspur Street, (removed from Oxford Street, [12 November 1802]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

802.11.12.03

Acquired November 2014

A conservative angel

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Satire against Conservative policies: The ‘Conservative Angel’ top centre brings ‘all Ale to Spirits’, dispensing beer from a tankard marked ‘vote for Lush’. A ‘Nunn at Devotions’ prays for the defeat of radicals and two figures on a wheel are ‘just caught in the Conservative rat trap’. Other figures include Jim Crow, two fish (brother Gudgeon and friend Haddock) jumping for bait, and ‘Don Diego de Carle-os Lie-ing in State’

  • PrintmakerGrant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852, printmaker.
  • TitleA conservative angel [graphic] / CJG.
  • Published[Bury St. Edmunds] : Published by the Society of Surppression of Conservative Vice & Sold by E. Birchinall, Churchgate St., Bury St Edds., Suffolk, England, Great Britain, Europe, 1837.

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

837.00.00.41++

Acquired September 2014

Grinning at a gudgeon

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An angler sitting on the branch of a tree overhanging a river in the rain, open umbrella over his shoulder, peering at a shoal of gudgeon grinning at him just out of reach of his hook.

  • PrintmakerGrant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852, printmaker.
  • TitleGrinning at a gudgeon [graphic] / C.J. Grant invent & fecit.
  • Published[London] : Pub. for the proprietor by M. Clark, Castle Court, Augt. 19th, 1831

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

831.08.19.01

Acquired September 2014

A new deceptio visûs

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A medley of images with a portrait of John Gay; half length, to the right, wearing a cap and plain jacket; in oval; in a medley of prints, set on background of a letter; the prints titled ‘The Spell’, ‘The Judgement’, and ‘Bumkinet’s Advice'; two further panels, one with a coin of George II, the other lettered ‘A new Deceptio Visus. Engrav’d and sold by Geo. Bickham, in London’ [part of address erased].

  • PrintmakerBickham, George, 1684?-1758?, printmaker, publisher.
  • TitleA new deceptio visûs [graphic] / engrav’d and sold by Geo. Bickham in Hatton Garden, near Holborn, London.
  • Published[London : Geo. Bickham], ca. 1728]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

728.00.00.08+

Acquired December 2014