The wedding day

“The fat, moustached, Duchess of St. Albans and the slim Duke dance with vigour and agility, each poised on the left toe, arms interlaced, and hands meeting above their heads. From the Duchess’s small coronet rise giant ostrich feathers which curve above the heads of both and above which a big ducal coronet is suspended. He sings: My Wife shall dance, And I will sing so merry we’ll pass this_ day. She: For I hold it one of the wisest things to drive dull care away–. The musicians are two cynical cupids; one (left) sits on large sacks of sovereigns inscribed Cash; coins pour from a slit in a sack and lie on the carpet with a banker’s money-scoop. He fiddles: Money in both pockets. The other (right), seated on the apex of a huge melon from which a slice has been cut, plays bagpipes: And auld Robin Gray [Coutts] was a gued Old Man to me! with variations.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerHeath, Henry, active 1824-1850, printmaker.
  • TitleThe wedding day [graphic] / H. Heath delt
  • Publication[London] : [publisher not identified], published June 28, 1827.

Catalog Record 

827.06.28.01+

Acquired April 2017

A patent extinguisher, being a safe & easy mode of putting out a candle

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Drawing

An old woman dressed in her nightcap and gown, her one breast hanging exposed from her gown, climbs into bed in which her husband already lies. She expels gas from her bottom in the direction of the candle on the ground in front of the fireplace with such force that it lifts the cat off the ground and bends the candle. Above the fireplace is a broadside entitled: The storm by Mr. Dodd, cease rude boreas balstering railes … On the table below the window (left) is a bowl labeled “Pease porridge” and a wig on a stand. On the ground at her feet lies a corset, shoes and other garments. Above the bed are boxed and breeches; a man’s coat is hung on the back of the chair to the right of the hearth.

  • CreatorNixon, John, -1818, artist.
  • Title:A patent extinguisher, being a safe & easy mode of putting out a candle.
  • Production:[London, ca. July 1801]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection (Aquatint)

Catalog Record & Digital Collection (Drawing)

801.07.00.05+ & Drawings N736 no. 7

Acquired July 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

The flowing cann

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In two columns with the title in a ribbon atop a woodcut below stanza one. Stanzas 2 and 3 below image. A sailor at a seaside tavern (Jack Ocum) dances with a young woman as he holds his tankard. The fiddle music is played by a man who stands beside a woman in the tavern doorway. In the distance on the right is a sailing ship and along the shore, two men in a row boat.

  • Author: Dibdin, Charles, 1745-1814.
  • Uniform Title[Oddities. Song]
  • TitleThe flowing cann.
  • Published[London : Sold by J. Pitts, Great Saint Andrew St. ; Sold by C. Sheppard, Lambert Hill, Doctors Commons, Publish’d Septr. 18th. 1790?]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

790.09.18.01

Acquired October 2015

 

A treaty of commerce

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A street scene with a row of buildings in the background, a man who is having his boots polished by a boy crouched before his bench turns to an elegantly dressed lady. He hold his hat and cane in his rights hand and offers a coin to the woman.

  • TitleA treaty of commerce [graphic].
  • Publication:[London: Published 1st Novr. 1797 by Laurie & Whittle, No. 53 Fleet Street, London, 1 November 1797]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

797.11.01.01

Acquired July 2015

[Interior of a gothic crypt]

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Interior of a gothic vault, with a tomb on the left lit by a hanging lamp and decorated with a reclining man in tudor dress holding a baton; to right are a couple leaning against a pillar, and a man holding a torch gesturing towards the tomb …”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerManskirch, Franz Joseph, 1768-1840, printmaker.
  • Title[Interior of a gothic crypt] [graphic] / Mannskirsch delt. & sculp.
  • PublicationLondon : Pubd. Feby. 16, 1799, at R. Ackermanns, 101 Strand …, [16 February 1799]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

799.02.16.02+

Acquired July 2015

 

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