Anacreontick’s in full song

“Eight elderly topers with pipes and glasses surround a small oblong table, on which are punch-bowl, wine-glasses, tobacco, &c. All are much caricatured; some sing, a parson sleeps, a dog howls. The room is lit by a chandelier; a bracket-clock points to 3.40, on it is carved a Bacchanalian figure of Time astride a cask. A bust portrait of Anacreon holding pen and paper is on the wall (left).”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerGillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
  • TitleAnacreontick’s in full song [graphic] / Js. Gillray invt. & fect.
  • PublicationLondon : Publish’d Decr. 1st, 1801, by H. Humphrey, 27 St. James’s Street, [1 December 1801]

Catalog Record

801.12.01.09+

Acquired July 2017

Description of the Grand National Jubilee

Letterpress broadside with a description of the Grand National Jubilee of 1814 surrounded by eight woodcut views (clockwise from top): The Temple; The Pagoda on Fire; The Jubilee Balloon; The Enemy on Fire; Sham Fight on the Serpentine; Boarding an American; The Royal Booth; The Castle.

  • TitleDescription of the Grand National Jubilee, held in St. James’s, Hyde, and the Green Parks, on Monday 1st August, 1814.
  • PublicationLondon : Printed and published by John Fairburn, Jun. Fountain Court, Minories, [ca. 1 August 1814]

Catalog Record

814.08.01.04+

Acquired March 2017

Annals of sporting

A plate with four images etched for the publication: Annals of sporting by Caleb Quizem, Esqr. In the upper left, the image for the etched title page with an image of a man falling from a winged horse; upper right, a portrait of Caleb Quizem, Esqr. sitting in an armchair wtih a quizzing glass in his right hand, two books on the table beside him along with a quill pen and ink stand and on the wall a picture of a man “Geoffey Cambr[..] who also sits in an armchair and his gouty foot on a stool; lower left, image of a man on horseback (rear view) with a cannon above and a caption “The true method of sitting a horse mathematically delineated.”; lower right image, an image at 90 degrees to the other images with a man mid-flight having been thrown from his horse, having failed to jump a gate. Another rider looks on in horror (right) and a peasant also with a look of horror looks on from the road (left). With caption above, “How to vault from the saddle” and signed “Woodward del. ; Rowlandson fect.”

  • PrintmakerRowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, printmaker.
  • TitleAnnals of sporting [graphic] : by Calem Quizem, Esqr. and his various correspondents.
  • PublicationLondon : Published by Thomas Tegg, 111 Cheapside, 1809.

Catalog Record 

809.00.00.13 Impression 2

Acquired February 2017

The fall of the Wolsey of the Woolsack / Vices overlook’d in the new proclamation

“Thurlow, seated on the Woolsack, and George III who stands on the extreme left, tug at the bag of the Great Seal, while Pitt and Grenville (right) attempt to dislodge the Chancellor. The King, in profile to the right, tugs with both hands, saying, “What! What! What! – pull against me Neddy? pull against me? – no! no! no! – ‘twont do!” –excerpt from British Museum online catalogue

With an impression on the verso of a reprint of James Gillray’s, with number in upper right ’80’: Vices overlook’d in the new proclamation. [London] : Pubd. May 24th 1792 by H. Humphrey, N. 18, Old Bond Street, [24 May 1792].

  • PrintmakerGillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
  • TitleThe fall of the Wolsey of the Woolsack [graphic].
  • Edition[State with plate no.].
  • Publication[London] : Pubd. May 24th, 1792, by H. Humphrey, No. 18 Old Bond Street [i.e. H.G. Bohn], [1849?]

Catalog Record

792.05.24.02.01+

Acquired February 2017

The grounds

Satire on Robert Walpole, showing the grounds for the Motion to remove him from office.

  • TitleThe grounds [graphic].
  • Publication[London] : [publisher not identified], publish’d according to act of Parliament, March 7, 1741.

Catalog Record

741.03.07.02.3+

Acquired March 2017

Mr. Robert Rasp letting fall a perpendicular from his saddle

A plate with four images each separately titled. Upper left: With series title (Mathematical horsemanship. Plate 5) above and caption title (Mr. Robert Rasp letting fall a perpendicular from his saddle) below showing a rider falling off the side of his horse with two others in a similar state in the distance. Also with a cityscape with a domed church in the distance. Upper right, Pl. 6. Mr. Benjanin Bukskin & his horse performing their evolutions, within the circumference of a circle: A rider is thrown over the front of his horse with another rider in the distance falling off the back, a dog pulling at the reins; a city with a domed church also in the distance. Lower left, Fashionable furniture at Hogs Norton. Plate 2: a series of six images of clothes being dried in front of a hearth, table, chairs, coal scuttle, etc. Lower right, Fashionable furniture at Hogs Norton. Plate 1: a series of six images including chimney ornaments, a large cat, plate, mirror, clock, etc.

  • PrintmakerRowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, printmaker.
  • TitleMr. Robert Rasp letting fall a perpendicular from his saddle [graphic] / Woodward del. ; Rowlandson sc. ; Mr. Benjamin Bukskin & his horse performing their evolutions, within the circumference of a circle ; Fashionable furniture. Plate 2 ; Fashionable furniture. Plate 1.
  • Published[London] : [Thomas Tegg], [1809]

Catalog Record

809.00.00.16 Impression 1

Acquired February 2017

The Union-Club

Four lines of verse on either side of title: “We’ll join hand in hand, all party shall cease, “and glass after glass, shall our union increase …

  • PrintmakerGillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
  • TitleThe Union-Club [graphic] / Js. Gillray invt. & fect.
  • PublicationLondon : Publish’d Jany. 21st, 1801, by H. Humphrey, St. James’s Street, [21 January 1801]

Catalog Record

801.01.21.01+

Acquired March 2017