Bat, Cat & Mat, or, How happy could I be with either

Caricature with Queen Caroline on the arms of Bergami (left) and Alderman Wood (right), jubilant on the sidewalk before the door of “Mother Wood”. The Queen wears a watch at her waist and two miniature portraits hanging from cords from her bosom.

  • PrintmakerLane, Theodore, 1800-1828, printmaker.
  • TitleBat, Cat & Mat, or, How happy could I be with either [graphic].
  • PublicationLondon : Pub. by G. Humphrey, 27 St. James’s St., Jan. 19, 1821.

Catalog Record

821.01.19.02

Acquired March 2017

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 wooden substitute, or, Any port in a storm

“A companion plate to British Museum Satires no. 14103. Alderman Wood takes the Queen’s left arm, staring down at her and grinning. He wears a top-hat on the back of his head, black tail-coat with trousers; his left hand is thrust under the buttons of his double-breasted coat. He wears an order and a star on which the Queen’s head is depicted (see British Museum Satires no. 13810). From her neck hang twin miniatures: Bergami and Wood. Her dress is a modified version of that in British Museum Satires no. 14103: between open over-dress and Turkish trousers is a frilled petticoat reaching well below the knee; her feathered hat resembles that worn at her ‘trial’. They stand in a wooded landscape with goats and rabbits in the middle distance. In the background, on the edge of a lake, is the tiny figure of Bergami, both arms raised.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerLane, Theodore, 1800-1828, printmaker.
  • TitleA wooden substitute, or, Any port in a storm [graphic].
  • PublicationLondon : Pubd. by G. Humphrey, 27 St. James’s St., Jany. 19, 1821.

Catalog Record

821.01.19.01

Acquired March 2017

Park-character

“Standing whole length profile portrait of a man in an oval enclosed in a rectangle. He walks from left to right, his head thrown back, his stomach projecting. He wears spectacles, a looped hat, a large tie-wig, and holds a tasselled cane.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Title:Park-character [graphic].
  • Publication:[London] : Pub. Novr. 24, 1776, by MDarly, 39 Strand, [1 May 1777]

Catalog Record 

777.11.24.01

Acquired April 2018

John Bellingham

Three-quarter length portrait of Bellingham standing in profile to the left, holding an open letter.

  • TitleJohn Bellingham [graphic] : taken at the Sessions House, Old Bailey, May 15th, 1812.
  • Publication[Dublin] : Pub. by McCleary, 32 Nassau St., [not before 16 May 1812]

Catalog Record

812.05.16.01

Acquired July 2017

The historians

A lady (Mrs. Catherine Macaulay) with an aquiline profile sits at a table opposite a clergy man (Dr. Wilson) as she writes with a quill pen. The walls are lined with full bookshelves separated in the middle by a fireplace with a mantelpiece on which sits a bust of “Alfred rex”. Both figures wear the same enormous hair as in British Museum no. 5441.

  • PrintmakerDarly, Mattina, printmaker.
  • TitleThe historians [graphic] / Mattina Darly sculp.
  • Publication[London] : Pub. May 1, 1777, by MDarly, 39 Strand, [1 May 1777]

Catalog Record 

777.05.01.08

Acquired April 2018

Design for a new coat of arms

“”Caricature of a coat of arms for Queen Caroline and Bergami with the central figure with a satyr’s face, a hat “Caroline Bergami gratia — Half a crown”, and white robes richly decorated with scenes from their life on an escutcheon with Chastity and Innocence as supporters, all surrounded by rich red robes lined with ermine. The scenes include: Adam and Eve, their two heads peeping from a tent, a scene with Bergami kneeling before the Queen leaning in to kiss, a plump Queen jumping up like a jack-in-the box, the two in costume dancing, the Queen riding an ass. Other suggestive decorative details include ostrich plumes, ribbons with medals engraved “Night of the Dunghill” (Bergami) and Knight of the Thistle with a shield “The Times … Lies … Bribery”. At the base, Knight of the Bath with a scene with Bergami reaching towards the Queen in her bath above a medallion “Knight of St. Columbine and Penance” surrounded by a banner “My fancy’s so free, I rove like a bee.”

  • Printmaker: Lane, Theodore, 1800-1828, printmaker.
  • TitleDesign for a new coat of arms [graphic] : dedicated to Mothers Wood, Windsor & Co. & all the fancy queens.
  • Publication[London] : Published by G. Humphrey, 27 St. James’s St., May the 1, 1821.

Catalog Record

821.05.01.05

Acquired March 2017