A street accident

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A dustman bends over a large woman who has fallen and lifts her by placing his hands under her arms. She looks up angerly and shakes her fist at the dustman’s young assistant in an apron who looks on (left) with a smile and hand raised. Two dogs jump around the group.

  • CreatorNixon, John, -1818, artist.
  • Title[A street accident] [art original].
  • Production[England], [not before 1804]

Catalog Record &Digital Collection

Drawings N736 no. 6

Acquired August 2016

At Exeter Cathedral

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A large, masculine-looking woman with spectacles and a hat, stands before stool on which sits an open book of music. She holds in her right hand a baton which rests on the open page.

  • CreatorNixon, John, -1818, artist.
  • TitleAt Exeter Cathedral [art original] / J.N. 1809.
  • Production[England, 1809]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Drawings N736 no. 5

Acquired August 2016

Water cresses, come buy my water cresses

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“A decrepit old man stands at the door of a house of ill fame at the corner of Portland Street; Mrs Burke is on the door-plate. One hand is on the knocker; he turns to scowl at a woman (right) who holds out a bunch of water-cress from a large shallow basket slung from the hip. A child clings to her shoulders; a little girl (left) with a small basket also offers him a bunch. Two young courtesans lean from a first-floor window. In the background (right), behind a spiked gate, are trees and a large house (or houses).”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerMerke, Henri, printmaker.
  • TitleWater cresses, come buy my water cresses [graphic] / Rowlandson delin. ; Merke sculp.
  • PublicationLondon : Pub. Mar. 1, 1799, at R. Ackermann’s, 101 Strand, [1 March 1799]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

799.03.01.06+

Acquired March 2016

Hot cross bunns, two a penny bunns

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“A stout and burly woman stands at a street-door with a large basket of buns. A young woman and three children buy; the children help themselves, the woman holds a plate which she fills with buns. In the background (left) is a Georgian church with pediment and cupola; a fat parson in his surplice hurries along to escape from a woman and two children, who beg from him.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerMerke, Henri, printmaker.
  • TitleHot cross bunns, two a penny bunns [graphic] / Rowlandson delin. ; Merke sculp.
  • PublicationLondon : Pubd. May 4, 1799, at Ackermann’s Gallery, 101 Strand, [4 May 1799]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

799.05.04.01+

Acquired March 2016

Topsy turvy print depicting the heads…..

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Optical illusion, showing one head which, depending on whether it is turned, appear to be either bespectaled older woman or a young woman with an object around her neck.

  • Title:[Topsy turvy print depicting the heads of both an old bespectacled woman and a young lady] [graphic].
  • Publication:[Londo : Published Jany. 12, 1790, by I. Wallis, No. 16 Ludgate Street, London, 12 January 1790]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

790.01.12.01

Acquired July 2015

Six old women discussing their cats

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 Two rows of women quarter-length and in profile, some cradling cats in their arms, with captions inscribed in ink near each figure: This is my Queensbury the finest Tom Cat in England; I’m going to see Arabella’s catery she had two charming sitters yesterday morning; God bless me these Irish captains are terrible men; Eighteen delightful little creatures I’m told what a sweet …

  • Creator: Woodward, G. M. (George Moutard), approximately 1760-1809, artist.
  • Title: [Six old women discussing their cats] [drawing].
  • Created: [England, ca. 1792]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Drawings W87 no. 34 Box D210

Acquired before 2002

A picture of wants

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A group of twelve man and women of various ages and walks of life — tradesmen, a clergy, a spinster, a military officer, a gentleman in shackles, a servant, a frail, sickly man, etc. — stand full length facing the viewer. Above their heads are brief expressions of their ‘wants’: “I want a job”; “I want more customers”; “I want a husband”; “I want for death”, etc. Only an obese gentleman on the right is content: “I want for nothing”; next to him, the military officer with a monocle says, “I don’t know what I want.”

  • Creator: Grant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852, artist.
  • Title: A picture of wants [drawing].
  • Created: [England], [between 1830 and 1852?]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Drawings G761 no. 9 Box123

Acquired November 2013