Facetiae; being a general collection of the jeux d’esprits

“A list of new and popular works, published by William Kidd, No. 14, Chandos Street, West Strand”–Following illustrations in Cruikshank v. Agnew; or, A view of Sir Andrew Agnew’s bill for the better observance of the Lord’s day.

  • TitleFacetiae; being a general collection of the jeux d’esprits which have been illustrated by Robert Cruikshank.
  • PublishedLondon, W. Kidd, 1831-[34]

Catalog Record

75 C9 833

Acquired December 2016

The rat hunt

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“The head and shoulders of the dog, who has a handsome collar inscribed ‘John Bull’, project into the design from the right. One paw presses down a rat with the head of Wellington, who looks up in anguish at the dog’s angry jowl. Behind are other frightened rats with human heads: a bloated bishop, Peel, Wetherell, Eldon, Cumberland, and two others. The rats have been robbing the barn of ears of wheat.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerGrant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852, printmaker.
  • TitleThe rat hunt [graphic].
  • Publication[London : W. Chubb, 1832]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Folio 75 G750 823 no. 7

Acquired November 2016

Croesus and Thalia

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Print shows an ugly and leering elderly man, identified as the London banker Thomas Coutts, embracing the actress Harriet Mellon (later Mrs. Coutts, and subsequently Duchess of St. Albans).

  • PrintmakerRowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827, printmaker.
  • TitleCroesus and Thalia [print] : as rich as Croesus, as ripe as a melon / Rowlandson invt.
  • Publication[London : Pub. 15 May, 1815, by T. Palser, Surry Side Westr. Bridge, 15 May 1815]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

815.05.15.01

Acquired June 2016

Lovat to His Royal Highness the Duke of Cumberland sends greeting

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Simon Fraser, eleventh Lord Lovat (1667/8-1747), Jacobite conspirator, army officer, and outlaw is shown sitting on a chair in a jail cell (The Tower of London?), his gouty foot raised on a small stool. He has a pen in his hand and on the table beside him rests an open journal and a box with two ink pots.

  • Title: Lovat to His Royal Highness the Duke of Cumberland sends greeting
  • Published: [London? : s.n., ca. 1746]

Catalog record & Digital collection

746.00.00.30+

Acquired November 2012

Sketches from nature

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With annotations identifying the characters depicted and elaborating on the image. Bound in half green morocco leather with marbled boards. Spine title and artist initials stamped in gold.

  • Artist: Nixon, John, d. 1818.
  • Title: Sketches from nature / by JN Esqr.
  • Published: [London] : [s.n.] 1795.

Catalog Record

Acquired January 2012