Interior of an English workhouse* under the new Poor Law Act

Emaciated and shaven-headed paupers treated as slaves by cruel overseers: adults beating hemp and children picking rope in the foreground, others in the background manacled to the wall or hanging from the ceiling, tied up by their feet and hands; to right, a manager with a scourge seizing an elderly man, and a man pulling a cart, which he says is full of dead infants to be sold to surgeons; to left, a manager turning away the starving poor who beg to be let in.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • PrintmakerGrant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852, printmaker.
  • TitleInterior of an English workhouse* under the new Poor Law Act [graphic].
  • Publication[London] : Printed and published by G. Drake, 12, Houghton-Street, Clare-Market, [ca. 1833]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

Folio 75 G750 833 Copy 2 (Oversize)

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

Life in London, or, The sprees of Tom and Jerry

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A broadside with a collection of songs

“Notice. This is to give notice to those persons who are in the constant habit of pirating my copyrights that if they dare to print any part of this sheet, they shall be proceeded against according to the law. James Catnach”

  • TitleLife in London, or, The sprees of Tom and Jerry : attempted in cuts and verse / quod Jas. C-n-h, March 23, 1822.
  • EditionEighth edition.
  • PublicationLondon : Printed and sold by J. Catnach, 2 Monmouth-Court, 7 Dials, [23 March 1822]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

822.00.00.63++

Acquired July 2016

Budget of mirth, a selection of flash songs

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A broadside with a collection of songs.

  • TitleBudget of mirth, a selection of flash songs : songs in the death of Tom and Jerry.
  • PublicationLondon : Printed and sold by J. Catnach, 2 Monmouth-Court, 7 Dials, [ca. 1822]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

822.00.00.62++

Acquired July 2016

Civitas Bristol

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A decree of the Common Council of Bristol signed: Cann.
The wood-engraved of the Bristol city arms is between “Civitas” and “Bristol.”

  • AuthorBristol (England)
  • TitleCivitas Bristol. Tempore Petri Day, ar’ major, XIVmo die Decembris anno Regni dom’ Georgii decimo tertio, annoq; domini, MDCCXXVI. Whereas there is and hath been, time out of mind, a good, antient, and laudable custom, had and used within the late borough, and now city of Bristol, and the liberties thereof, that no person (not being free of the said late borough, or now city) did or could keep any shop within the late borough, and now city of Bristol, or the liberties thereof …
  • Published[Bristol] : [publisher not identified], [1726]

Catalog Record

File 64 726 B776++

Acquired July 2016

An hieroglyphic, describing the state of Great Britain and the continent of Europe

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“Three symmetrically prancing lions (left) and Napoleon (right) as ‘The Beast’ face each other across a narrow channel. In the background (left) John Bull, an obese citizen, sits surrounded by casks and bales (one marked ‘I’ or ‘L M’) under the Tree of the ‘Constitution’. This has three branches: in the uppermost is a royal crown, the others (presumably) represent the Lords and Commons, … Behind him are symbols of industry: men reaping, a bee-hive, a thatched farm-house. Above the tree flies an angel with a flaming sword … Napoleon’s head is scarcely caricatured, but has two horns – on one is poised an imperial crown, on the other the Papal tiara. In his dragon’s claws he holds up a dagger and three short chains (for the lions); he is branded ‘666’, and his tail is triply barbed. He has webbed wings, scaly shoulders, and a tiger-like body. Under his feet are broken fragments of crowns, sceptres, and crosiers. … In the background (right) two demons fly above a breaking staff surmounted with the cap of liberty; at its feet lies a man in chains. A firing squad aims at women and children; buildings are in flames. The (printed) ‘Explanation: ‘JOHN BULL is sitting under his favourite Oak, supported by Commerce and Industry reaping the Fruits of his Labors, and protected by the power of God, whilst France is enslaved under their Tree of Liberty, which is falling to the Ground – the Honors and Independence of Nations are broken and trampled underfoot, and all the Horrors of War are extending their Ravages with unremitting fury. – Bonaparte is considered as the Dragon, the Beast, and the false Prophet, Rev. xvi. 13, xiii. II, and following verses, xix. 20 – and also as Gog, Ezek. xxxviii. and xxxix. – His brutal and ferocious Dispositions are represented by the Body and Feet of a Tyger; his inordinate Desires, by the Chest, Wings, and Claws of a Dragon, holding out Death or Slavery; his Head with two Horns represents his civil and ecclesiastical Authority; and is intended to point out, that though a Dragon and a Tyger have been the most dreadful and destructive of all real and imaginary Creatures, yet even their horrid Natures are surpassed by the sanguinary and rapacious Dispositions of that implacable Tyrant. – The THREE LIONS represent the united Naval, Regular and Volunteer Force of England, Scotland, and Ireland, watching the Monster’s Motions, and springing forth eager to meet him.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • TitleAn hieroglyphic, describing the state of Great Britain and the continent of Europe, for 1804 [graphic] / I.[?]M.
  • Publication[London : Printed by C. Stower, Charles Street, Hatton Garden, for the “Prophetic mirror, or A hint to England” by L. Mayer, 1804]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

804.00.00.19+

Acquired May 2016

Laugh & grow fat! A sheet of merry songs

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A broadside with a collection of songs.

  • TitleLaugh & grow fat! A sheet of merry songs.
  • Publication[London : Printed and sold wholesale and retail, by J. Catnach, 2, Monmouth-Court, 7 Dials, London, ca. 1822]

Catalog Record & Digital Collection

822.00.00.61++

Acquired July 2016