At the Theatre Royal in Covent-Garden

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This playbill records a performance at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden of The constant couple by George Farquhar (1676-1707) on 22 May 1755 in which Margaret Woffington (1720?-1760) played the leading part of Sir Harry Wildair – one of the roles for which she was most celebrated. The part of Lady Lurewell was performed by Esther Hamilton (d. 1787). Other actors in the cast include Theophilus Cibber (1703-1758) and John Arthur (1708?-1772), actor and stage designer — it is likely that he was responsible for devising the “machinery” mentioned in a note at the foot of the sheet: “as any obstruction in the movement of the machinery will greatly prejudice the performance of the entertainment, it is hoped no persons will be displeased as their being refus’d admittance behind the scene.”

  • Author:  Covent Garden Theatre.
  • TitleAt the Theatre Royal in Covent-Garden, this present Thursday, being the 22d of May, will be acted a comedy, call’d The constant couple; or, A trip to the jubilee. : The part of Sir Harry Wildair by Mrs Woffington …
  • Publication[London : publisher not identified, 1755]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

File 767 P69B C838 1755

Acquired June 20016

Household accounts for Prince Frederick, Duke of York

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Leaves from an account book, in various hands, listing salary payments to household and stable staff and payments for boardwages, allowances, and extraordinaries as well as payments from the Exchequer and other allowances, for the periods ending 5 July 1790, 10 October 1794. 5 July 1798, and 11 November 1798. Also contains 5 pages of accounts for servants of Prince William, Edward, Ernest, Augustus and Adolphius for the period 5 July 1798 and signed 11 November 1798 by King George III.

  • TitleHousehold accounts for Prince Frederick, Duke of York, 1790 July 5-29 September 1798.

Catalog Record

Folio LWL Mss Vol. 221

Acquired March 2016

A catalogue of the kitchin furniture of John Bull Esqr.

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“Satire on Bute’s alleged sale of public positions paralleled with Earl Talbot’s introduction of economies into the royal household. An auction is taking place in a large kitchen where, in the centre, Talbot, Lord Steward of the Household, instructs the auctioneer’s clerk at a table beneath the podium. On the left, three cooks, one a Frenchman planning to leave for Calais to work for “Monsr. Grandsire”, are mocked by a Scot for not being able to make haggis; another cook brandishing a gridiron and two ladles stands in front of the fireplace in which stands only a cracked pot filled with thistles. On the right, a poor man plans to bid for “old rags or broken glass”, and a stout middle-class woman plans to purchase a ladle to beat her husband, while Princess Augusta and Lord Bute converse intimately; the Princess points suggestively to a large pot resting with other utensils on the floor. In the background, a chaplain laments the lack both “of victuals and of grace”.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • TitleA catalogue of the kitchin furniture of John Bull Esqr. leaving of house-keeping now selling by auction [graphic].
  • Publication[London : Publish’d according to act of Parliament by J. Williams, next the Mitre Tavern, Fleet Street, 1762]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

762.00.00.153

Acquired April 2016

Arming John Bull to fight the buggoboos!!!

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John Bull, a much overburdened soldier, looks up in angry dismay at a helmet inscribed ‘Glory’ which Pitt (left) is about to place on his head. He says, “O D—-n the Glory I shall never be able to bear it all!” Pitt stands in profile to the right; the large plumed helmet which he holds up in both hands is irradiated. From his pocket hangs a long paper headed ‘List of Ships £5000000’. John Bull, short and stout, stands full face wearing a gorget, with two pistols in his belt, a long sabre suspended horizontally from his waist, its blade inscribed ‘Twenty more Kill em!’ He holds a blunderbuss in his right hand, which fires ‘Pop Pop’ into the air; a large pike in his left hand, a broadsword held in his left arm; a musket and a huge knapsack are slung on his back. In the foreground are ordnance stores: a barrel (left) inscribed ‘Right Richmond double Proof’ with cannon-balls, and (right) a cannon, cannon-balls, drum, and flag. In the background a fleet of ships sails from the shore on which stands a cheering crowd.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • CreatorCollings, Samuel, attributed name.
  • TitleArming John Bull to fight the buggoboos!!! [graphic].
  • Publication[London] : Pub. by S.W. Fores, No. 3 Piccadilly, Aug. 6, 1790.

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

790.08.06.01+

Acquired May 2016

Household accounts for Prince Frederick, Duke of York

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Leaves from an account book, in various hands, listing salary payments to household and stable staff and payments for boardwages, allowances, and extraordinaries as well as payments from the Exchequer and other allowances, for the periods ending 5 July 1790, 10 October 1794. 5 July 1798, and 11 November 1798. Also contains 5 pages of accounts for servants of Prince William, Edward, Ernest, Augustus and Adolphius for the period 5 July 1798 and signed 11 November 1798 by King George III.

  • TitleHousehold accounts for Prince Frederick, Duke of York, 1790 July 5-29 September 1798.

Catalog Record

Folio LWL Mss Vol. 221

Acquired March 2016

The Flushing phantasmagoria, or, Kings conjurors amusing John Bull

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“A ‘conjuror’ or magician displays to John Bull on a screen four scenes, one below the other, representing the expedition to Flushing. He wears a conical hat with a wide fur brim, and his magician’s robe resembles that of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, indicating Perceval; he holds a long staff or wand topped by a little head, that of Portland, grinning; it is labelled The Old One. John stoops to look through a telescope inscribed Patent directed at the screen, the vision on which is projected by a small dark-lantern held by Perceval. John is a yokel in a smock; beside him lies his cudgel inscribed Oak. He is highly delighted at what he sees, namely: [1] a fleet leaving England, tiny figures being indicated on the shore. [2] Ships bombarding and soldiers attacking a fortified town which is on fire. [3] The garrison of the town surrendering to British officers, with grenadiers drawn up at attention. A French officer holds out the keys of the town to Chatham, one of whose staff is in Highland uniform. Two tricolour flags are being laid down by fat Dutchmen in French uniforms. [4] British troops being landed from a man-of-war; wounded soldiers are being carried up the beach.” –British Museum online catalogue

  • PrintmakerWilliams, Charles, active 1797-1830, printmaker.
  • TitleThe Flushing phantasmagoria, or, Kings conjurors amusing John Bull [graphic] / Heath.
  • Publication[London : Pubd. Septr. 1809 by Walker, No. 7 Cornhill, September 1809]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

809.09.00.01+

Acquired May 2016

 

Horace Walpole and his world

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Extra-illustrated with ninety-one engraved portratis and views, most inlaid to size. Acidic newspaper clippings attached to some preliminary leaves with offset.

  • AuthorWalpole, Horace, 1717-1797.
  • Uniform Title[Correspondence. 1884.]
  • TitleHorace Walpole and his world : select passages from his letters / edited by L. B. Seeley … With eight illustrations after Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir Thomas Lawrence.
  • PublishedLondon : Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday, 1884.

Catalog Record 

225 884S Copy 6

Acquired July 2016