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Characteristic Sketches of the London Club House. The Amphibs.
Characteristic Sketches of the London Club House. The Amphibs.
Etched by John Phillips.
London: Pub. by G. Humphrey, 24 S.t James's Street July 29 1829.
Aquatint. Sheet 210 x 280mm (8¼ x 11"). Trimmed within plate, close to printed border at bottom.
Three men in top hats stand at the Doric-columned entrance to a club. On the left, a man with military coat and spurs is probably the Duke of Wellington.
Rare: not in BM Satires.
[Ref: 61767]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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D.r Arne.
D.r Arne. Done from an Original Sketch by F. Bartolozzi.
Pub.'d as the Act directs, May, 10th, 1782. by W.m Humphrey, No. 227 Strand [but later?].
Scarce chalk manner stipple. Sheet 260 x 170mm (10¼ x 6¾"), on wove paper. Trimmed within plate, mounted in album paper at edges.
A caricature portrait of composer Thomas Augustine Arne (1710 - 1778), wearing a bag-wig and sword, playing a harpsicord. Arne's most famous work is the patriotic song, 'Rule, Britannia!'.
BM Satires 8240; De Vesme 750.
[Ref: 61953]   £240.00   (£288.00 incl.VAT)
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Beauty directed by Prudence rejects with Scorn the Solicitations of Folly.
Beauty directed by Prudence rejects with Scorn the Solicitations of Folly.
Angelica Kauffman pinxit. J.M. Delattre sculpsit.
Published according to Act, 28th Jan.y, 1783 for the Proprietor [Ann Bryer], No 5 Poland Street, Soho.
Fine stipple, printed in sepia. 375 x 320mm (14¾ x 12½"), with large margins.
Beauty pushes away Folly, who is attempting to drape a grape-laden vine over her.
Alexander 146.
[Ref: 61432]   £390.00  
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Count Roupee. - Vide. Hyde Park.
Count Roupee. - Vide. Hyde Park.
[James Gillray]
Pub.d June 5.th 1797. by H. Humphrey 27. S.t James's Street
Very rare hand-coloured etching, sheet 385 x 540mm (15¼ x 21"). Trimmed within plate and glued to backing card.
Caricature of Paul Benfield (1741-1810), of the East India Company, who made a fortune in India as a trader, banker, and contractor, and was notorous through Burke's (published) speech on the debts of the Nabob of Arcot oppresser. He lost his fortune establishing a mercantile firm in London, called Boyd, Benfield, & Co which engaged in speculations which turned out badly, and Benfield's fortune collapsed rapidly. He died in Paris in poverty. A small dark-complexioned man wearing spectacles rides a galloping horse through Hyde Park. There is a background of grass and trees, and in the distance a building with a pediment, evidently the new Knightsbridge Barracks.
BM Satires 9066. For one with slightly different colouring check out Yale University Library.
[Ref: 61958]   £780.00  
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[Duke of Portland] Iohn Bull contemplating a Statue of Portland Stone.
[Duke of Portland] Iohn Bull contemplating a Statue of Portland Stone.
[by Charles Williams]
Pub.d April 1807 by Walker N.o7 Cornhill.
Hand-coloured etching. 250 x 365mm (9¾ x 14½'') Small margins, time stained.
William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, caricatured as a statue, with a sign saying 'Repaired and Whitewash'd in the Year 1807' around his neck. He became Prime Minister in 1807, despite being deaf, gouty and infirm, merely as an acceptable figurehead to his fractious ministers.
BM Satire 10718.
[Ref: 61841]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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Berkeley Square.
Berkeley Square.
[John Papworth.]
N.º 57 of R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts &c. Pub.d 1 Sept.r 1813, at 101 Strand, London.
Coloured aquatint. Sheet 150 x 240mm (6 x 9½").
The buildings on Berkeley Square, with a coach and a liveried footman.
[Ref: 61977]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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Billy the Gamekeeper.
Billy the Gamekeeper.
Design'd from Life by R. Frankland Esq.r. Engrav'd by J.s Gillray.
Publish'd April 23d 1810 by H. Humphrey, 27 St James's Street, London.
Etching with hand colour. Sheet 320 x 245mm (12½ x 9½"). Trimmed to printed border on three sides, into plate at bottom. Bit messy.
A man dressed as a coachman, holding a long-lashed coach-whip. According to Grego, he was first a gamekeeper of the Earl of Aylesford, then his coachman.
BM Satires 11592.
[Ref: 61761]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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View of Blackfriars Bridge & S.t Pauls, from the Patent Shot Manufactory on the South Side of the River.
View of Blackfriars Bridge & S.t Pauls, from the Patent Shot Manufactory on the South Side of the River.
Drawn & Etch'd by Dan.l Turner. Aquatinted by Tho.s Sutherland.
Publish'd Sept.r 1. 1803 by Laurie & Whittle, 53, Fleet Street, London.
Aquatint with etching. 300 x 410mm (11¾ x 16"). Laid on card at edges.
A view of St Paul's Cathedral and Blackfriars Bridge, with the shot tower built by William Watt in 1789, taken from the Thames.
[Ref: 62009]   £320.00  
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A Section of the Quadrangle design'd for the British Musæum,
A Section of the Quadrangle design'd for the British Musæum, or Public Repository. including the Royal Society, Antiquarian Society, and a Royal Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.
Corn.s Johnston Inv.t.
[London: Cornelius Johnston, 1754.]
Scarce engraving. 380 x 760mm (15 x 30¾"), with large margins. Crease in centre as normal. Repaired tears.
An architectural orthogonal elevation of the interior facade of the proposed building, facing into the courtyard, with cut-away views through the two side wings. Johnston, of whom nothing in known, published this print in an attempt to win the contract for the construction of a new national museum. Instead the commissioners decide to convert Montague House. It was published as a pair to 'A Design for the British Musæum, or, Public Repository and Cottonian Library, being on Front of a Quadrangle, in which may be included, the Royal Society, Antiquarian Society, and a Royal Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, with proper Receptacles for such future Libraries, Natural and Artificial Curiosities, as may be hereafter left'. In January 1759 the Museum opened to the public at Montague House, London.
[Ref: 61429]   £580.00  
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The Hall and Stair Case, British Museum.
The Hall and Stair Case, British Museum.
Pugin & Rowlandson del. et Sculpt. J. Bluck, Aquat.
London. Pub April 1, 1808 at R. Ackermann’s Repository of Arts 101, Strand.
Hand coloured aquatint with large margins, 1807 J. Whatman watermark. Platemark: 285 x 240mm (11¼ x 9¾").
An interior view of the Great Staircase in the British Museum, London. Montagu House was the first home of the British Museum. When it was built in 1686, the French style of decoration was fashionable. The walls of the Great Staircase and the ceiling above it were painted mainly by Charles de la Fosse (1636-1716). The painting on the ceiling illustrated a story from Greek mythology - Phaeton asking for permission to drive the chariot of the sun-god, Apollo. The Great Staircase led from the Entrance Hall (which was near the site of the present-day colonnade) to a landing on the first floor. From there visitors walked through the upper rooms, where they could see some of the Museum's collections of manuscripts, medals, antiquities and natural history specimens. Published in Ackermann's famous work, the 'Microcosm of London', the figures were drawn by the famous caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson and the architecture by Augustus Pugin.
Abbey, Scenery: 212.
[Ref: 61997]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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The British Museum.
The British Museum.
Lithographed & Published by Dickinson Brothers, New Bond Street. [n.d., 1851.]
Coloured tinted lithograph, sheet 300 x 395mm. 11¾ x 15½".
A view of Smirke's Greek Revival facade for the British Museum from Great Russell Street, before the completion of the pediment above the main entrance, which now features fifteen allegorical figures by Sir Richard Westmacott depicting the Progress of Civilisation.
[Ref: 61952]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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[Brothel] The Mob attempting to pull down Peter Woods Bawdy House in the Strand.
[Brothel] The Mob attempting to pull down Peter Woods Bawdy House in the Strand.
[London: Alexander Hogg, 1749.]
Engraving. 175 x 115mm (6¾ x 4½"), with letterpress clipping. Narrow margins, some spotting, laid on album paper.
A group of sailors with clubs storm The Star Tavern, near Temple Bar in the Strand, in vengence for being robbed, 1st July 1749. According to the letterpress, they slashed the mattress and through the feathers out of the windows and forced all the women out into the street, naked. The rioters returned the next two nights, attacking other houses. Nine men were eventually arrested: one, Bosavern Penlez (1726-49), a wig-maker, was hanged at Tyburn on 18 October 1749 for stealing linen from the Star.
Wellcome Collection 27976i.
[Ref: 62057]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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[Sir Francis Burdett] Peter and Paul expell'd from Paradise.
[Sir Francis Burdett] Peter and Paul expell'd from Paradise. The World was all before them where to choose [/] Their place of rest and Parson T_e, their guide.
[Charles Williams.]
Pub.d Dec.r 1806 by S.W. Fores N.o 50 Piccadilly.
Etching, 1805 Edmeades watermark; 255 x 350mm (10 x 13¾"), with large margins. Trimmed to plate at top.
A satire on Sir Francis Burdett and James Paull's defeats at the 1806 election. William Mellish and Richard Sheridan, who won the seat of Middlesex and Westminster, brandish flaming swords from under an arch labelled 'Gate of St Stephens' while the defeated Burdett and Paull hurry away from them, an unconcerned John Horne Tooke, their mentor walks before them reading 'Diversions of Purley' towards his home in Wimbledon.
BM Satire 10622.
[Ref: 61875]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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[Battle of Camperdown] The Dutch in an Uproar or the Batavian Republic crying for Winter.
[Battle of Camperdown] The Dutch in an Uproar or the Batavian Republic crying for Winter.
[Isaac Cruikshank]
London Pub.d Octr 15 1797 by S W Fores No 50 Piccadilly. NB Folios of Caracatures Lent.
Fine coloured etching. Sheet 270 x 380mm (10¾ x 15"). Trimmed into plate. Slight staining at top.
A post-boy holds out a scroll, 'Account of the Total Defeat of the Dutch Fleet' to a Dutch council. The president complains that the English have taken the Dutch colonies and now had destroyed their fleet. On the table is a map of France with Holland marked as 'Department 85', and the 'Plan of the Invasions of England Ireland Scotland the Cape of Good hope Gibralter East & West Indies China &c. &c. &c. &c.'. Admiral Jan Willem de Winter had been coerced by the French to go to sea to attack Edinburgh and Glasgow then land in the north of Ireland. British Admiral Adam Duncan put paid to the scheme with a superb victory at Camperdown on the 11th October. This satire was published only four days later.
[Ref: 61877]   £360.00  
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The Canterbury Pilgrims.
The Canterbury Pilgrims.
Painted by Thomas Stothard Esq.r R.A. Etched by Lewis Schiavonetti, V.A. and Finished by James Heath A.R.A. Historical Engraver to His Majesty, and to H.R.H. the Prince Regent, &c.
London: Published for the Proprietors by R. Cribb, N.º 288 Holborn, October 1, 1817.
Etching, state before key. 360 x 995mm (14¼ x 39¼"). Some restoration.
A procession of the pilgrims immortalised by Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales', on horseback, led by a piper, based on the painting on oak by Thomas Stothard (1806-7, now in the Tate Gallery, N01163). Robert Cromek commissioned the painting, putting it on show at a shilling per visitor. He also asked Italian stipple engraver Luigi Schiavonetti (1765-1810) to make a plate, but Schiavonetti only completed the outline etching. As a tribute to the engraver, Cromek published the incomplete print in 1810. The incomplete plate was then given to Francis Engleheart to complete, but Cromek’s death in 1812 stalled the project. Cromek’s widow, Elizabeth, gave the plate to Niccolo Schiavonetti, Louis's younger brother, but he too died. The plate was finally completed by James Heath and was published for Elizabeth, on 1st October 1817. A later state, with a full key identifying each pilgrim, was printed by W.H. Worthington, also for Elizabeth. The print also caused a rift between Stothard and his friend William Blake: Blake claimed that Cromek had commissioned a painting of the Canterbury Pilgrims from him first, but Cromek had not liked the design and so took the commission to Stothard. Blake accused Cromek and, through him, Stothard, of copying his long, frieze-like composition
[Ref: 61951]   £750.00  
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[Title Page] The Caricature Magazine
[Title Page] The Caricature Magazine or Hudibrastic Mirror. By G.M. Woodward. Esq.r. Author of Eccentric Excursions. Vol. I.
Woodward Del.t Cruickshanks Sculp.t.
Published by Thomas Tegg N.o 111 Cheapside.
Hand-coloured etching, plate 240 x 340mm (9½ x 13½"), with large margins left & right. Thread margins top and bottom. Nicks to bottom margin. Paper toned and surface dirt in margins.
The title is written on a traditional curtain that is symmetrically placed throughout the design, with a John Bull-style smiling mask in the centre. The design features an ugly and aged man and woman sitting and smiling, holding a print that appears to be a mirror reflection of their heads and shoulders. Caricature heads are shown densely clustered together, as though they are in a theatre gallery, while the curtain descends on either side of the central mask. Liliputian figures are below.
BM Satires 10889.
[Ref: 61920]   £360.00  
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[Title Page] Caricature Magazine
[Title Page] Caricature Magazine or Hudibrastic Mirror, By Thomas Rowlandson, Esq.r Vol. II.
[After Woodward]
Published by T. Tegg N.o 111 Cheapside. [n.d. c.1807]
Hand-coloured etching, sheet 250 x 405mm (10 x 15¾"). On paper watermarked '1816', with large margins left & right. Trimmed to plate at top & bottom. Some staining.
The title is engraved across the centre of the page. Comic Mirror' is inscribed on a half-length figure of a jester wearing a fool's cap, strung from two ribbon festoons that are centred by a bow. A ribbon loop with the words "To hold as t'were the Mirror up to Nature" is engraved beneath it. Shakespeare. Half-length figures scrutinising bound numbers (or volumes) of the Magazine are supported by one festoon with the inscription 'Country Observations on the Caricature Magazine'. A attractive woman approaches John and says, "Come on, let me look, don't keep it all to yourself." "Don't be in a hurry well these things be the drollest things ever sent into our Country," and "There is one exactly like our Exciseman," are said by two oafish men while holding an open book. As he looks through a volume, a third man remarks, "I wonder how they think of all these things." The second festoon, "Town Observations on the Caricature Magazine," features two men and two ladies (three-quarter length), who appear unattractive but rather stylish, as they enthusiastically examine the bound images. They respond with: "It is certainly very amuseing" ; "Pray Sir have they commenced the second Volume" ; "Just got the first number Ma'am from Mr Teggs." Two processions surround the sides and lower portion of the motif. 'Whimsical Characters climbing to the Temple of Fame' are located on the left. Back view of men and women ascending, perspective regressing to a circular temple where Fame sounds his horn. A chubby parson, a flirtatious military officer with a large cocked hat, and a plump 'cit' walking hand in hand with a slender woman are the people in the foreground. They see a Highlander walking ahead of them. "A Grotesque Deputation from the Temple of Momus-returning thanks for past favors and soliciting future patronage" is the text on the left. These are Lilliputian figures, with large grotesque heads of men and women, all smiling, descending from a temple that straddles Momus."The Genius of Caricature opening the Second Volume" is positioned between the two processions and forms a tail-piece. Perhaps a fantastic representation of Tegg, the man has a large smile on his face, faun's ears, and butterfly wings. He is sprawled on the ground with an open volume in his hands, which is "Caricature Magazine Vol 2d." He has "Caricature Magazine, Vol. 1" resting on his elbow. Next to him are documents with the following inscriptions: 'Bulls,' 'Anecdotes,' 'Jests,' 'Puns,' 'Bon Mot[s]', and distinct prints.
BM Satires 10917.
[Ref: 61921]   £360.00  
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[Caroline of Brunswick] A late Arrival at Mother Wood's.
[Caroline of Brunswick] A late Arrival at Mother Wood's.
[George Cruikshank.]
Pub.d June 19 1820 by G. Humphrey 27 St James Street.
Hand-coloured etching. 260 x 390mm (10¼ x 15¾"), with very large margins. Uncut. Slight staining, mostly in margins on left, repaired tear in margin on left.
Queen Caroline, stout and flamboyant, stands on the balcony at Alderman Sir Matthew Wood's house in South Audley Street, looking down complacently with folded arms at the cheering crowd which fills the street. Wood (1768-1843), a Whig politician, persuaded Caroline not to be paid off by Brougham's mission to France and to return to England to confront her husband, George IV.
BM Satires 13734.
[Ref: 61866]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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[John Cartwright] The Drum Major of Sedition.
[John Cartwright] The Drum Major of Sedition. All Gentlemen and others Electors for Westminster who are ready and willing to Surrender their rights and those of their Fellow Citizens to Secret Influence and the Lords of the Bedchamber let them repair to the Prerogative Standard lately erected at the Cannon Coffee House where they shall be kindly receiv'd untill their Services are no longer Wanted....
[Thomas Rowlandson]
Pub.d March 29 1784 by Mrs. Dacheray St James's Street.
Coloured etching, 18th century watermark. 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Printer's crease entering image left centre tear in margin taped top centre.
Major John Cartwright stands legs apart, holding a long staff, addressing the populace before the hustings in Covent Garden, being ignored by everyone but Lord Hood in admiral's uniform, sword drawn. Under the title is a lengthy speech. John Cartwright (1740-1824) campaigned for Parliamentary reform, including universal suffrage and secret ballots. His younger brother Edmund Cartwright was the inventor of the power loom.
BM Satires 6474; Grego I, 121.
[Ref: 61823]   £380.00  
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Bobadil disgraced or Kate in a rage-
Bobadil disgraced or Kate in a rage- For Brunswick^s Duke with Nin^ety Thousand men March'd into France and then!! - & then Marched out ag^ain.
[Isaac Cruikshank]
London Pub Octr 1792 by S W Fores No 3 Piccadilly.
Finely hand coloured etching on 18th century watermarked paper. Sheet 240 x 345mm (9½ x 13½"). Trimmed within plate.
Catherine II, Empress of Russia (1729-96) stands between Stanislas II August, King of Poland (1732-9)8, whom she seizes by his pigtail queue, and Ferdinand, Prince of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1721-92), whose back she kicks and threatens with a sceptre. She says "B------t your Cowardly Spirit I'll Kick you to Hell, what I suppose you was frightened at their Naked A------sses. Get out of my sight, or I'll send you and your Army------after my Husband." Brunswick cowers before her saying, ""And here my rendezvous is quite cut off. Honor is cudgell'd, well, Bawd will I turn To Brunswick will I steal, & there I'll steal: And Patches will I get unto these cudgell'd scars, And swear I got them in the Gallic Wars." Stanislaus being dragged exclaims, "Let my Pole go oh! Stanislaus what Disgrace". On a table beside him are a crown labelled 'to the King of Poland' and a paper: 'rules & orders to be Implicitly obeyed Cat Catherine.' On the wall behind him is a 'Map of France' showing the south of 'England' and the 'english channel'; France, the word in reversed letters, is bisected by a line, the northern portion inscribed 'my share'.
BM Satires 8124.
[Ref: 61894]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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Celia Retiring.
Celia Retiring. 298.
Woodward delin. Etch.d by Roberts.
by T. Tegg 111 Cheapside London.
Hand-coloured etching. Sheet 330 x 260mm (13 x 10¼"). Trimmed within plate.
A scene showing an old woman, bald without her wig, preparing for bed, aided by a pretty chambermaid. Originally published by the engraver, Piercy Roberts.
Not in BM Satires. BM 1872.1012.5084.
[Ref: 61907]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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Chelsea Hospital.
Chelsea Hospital.
Rowlandson & Pugin delt. et sculpt. J. Bluck aquat.
London Pub. Jany. 1st. 1810 at R. Ackermann’s Repository of Arts 101 Strand.
Hand coloured aquatint, 235 x 280mm. 9¼ x 11".
Interior view of the dining hall at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the Chelsea Pensioners eating. Plate to Volume III of Rudolph Ackermann's 'Microcosm of London', 3 vols., 1808-10. Numbered 'Plate 98.' upper right.
Abbey, Scenery: 212, 98.
[Ref: 61933]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Chess Match, at Parsloe's Feb.y 23.d 1794, in presence of the Turkish Ambassador.
Chess Match, at Parsloe's Feb.y 23.d 1794, in presence of the Turkish Ambassador.
Cook sculp.
Published april 1.st 1794. by J. Wheble, Warwick Swuare London.
Etching with engraving. 110 x 160mm (4¼ x 6¼"), with 4pp. letterpress stapled on. Trimmed close to plate at bottom.
A depiction of a chess match between François-André Danican Philidor (1726-95) and German diplomat Hans Moritz von Brühl (1736-1809) in 1783, in which Philador played blindfolded. The letterpress, from the Sporting Magazine for March 1794, describes the print but not the event, as well as a part description of another event at which Philador played three blindfolded matches. Parsloe's was a chess club in St James's Street. Depictions of an 18th century Chess match are very scarce.
[Ref: 61771]   £220.00   (£264.00 incl.VAT)
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[The Honourable Miss Cholmondeley.]
[The Honourable Miss Cholmondeley.]
[Reynolds pinx.t. Marchi fecit.]
[Sold by Ryland, Bryer & Co. in Cornhill] [n.d., c.1763].
Proof before letters. Mezzotint, 510 x 355mm (20 x 14"), with very large margins. Repaired tear bottom left.
Lady Hester Frances Cholmondeley (1763 - 1844) as a child, wading across a stream in bare feet, carrying a shaggy white dog. The daughter of Robert Cholmondeley and granddaughter of George, 3rd Earl of Cholmondeley, she married Sir William Bellingham in 1783.
Chaloner Smith I of II. Hamilton I of III.
[Ref: 61485]   £480.00  
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Christmas Goose.
Christmas Goose. Now Christmas has again arrived, To please each hungry sinner, Let us have a great plumb-pudding and A stunning goose for dinner...
Printed by W.S. Fortey Monmouth Court, Seven Dials. [n.d. c 1860's]
Woodcut with letterpress, sheet 220 x 175mm (8¾ x 7). Trimmed within plate and glued to backing sheet.
A comical song about having goose for Christmas dinner. Fortey was a popular print publisher; he took over the business known as the Catnach Press, where he had been employed for some years.
[Ref: 62034]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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The Independence of the Kirk.
The Independence of the Kirk.
Nichol Lithog.
Edinburgh, Published by J. Cullen, Drummond Street [n.d., c.1840.]
Lithograph with some hand colour. Sheet 285 x 445mm (11¼ x 17½").
A satire of the opposition to the Veto Act of 1834, which gave congregations a veto over a patron-presented minister if a majority objected, approved by the Church of Scotland. The same year the patron of Auchterarder, the Earl of Kinnoull, presented Robert Young to the parish. After hearing him preach, the heads of family vetoed him. He appealed but the Assembly of 1835 upheld the veto, but in 1838 the Court of Session found in Young's favour, making the Veto Act null and void. The case then went to the House of Lords, who sided with the Court of Session against the Kirk.
[Ref: 61438]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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[Mary Anne Clarke] The Road to Preferment Through Clarkes Passage.
[Mary Anne Clarke] The Road to Preferment Through Clarkes Passage.
[Thomas Rowlandson.]
Pub.d March 5. 1809 by Tho.s Tegg No 111 Cheapside.
Coloured etching, pt. watermark. Sheet 230 x 330mm (9 x 13"). Trimmed within plate, small tear in title.
Mrs Clarke, dressed in a military jacket and hat, stands in a massive archway, addressing a mixture of young, old and infirm soldiers, parsons and civilians, one of whom holds up a money bag marked '500'. Mary Anne Clarke (1776-1852), mistress of Frederick, Duke of York, was found out to be selling army commissions while he was Commander-in-Chief of the army. York was forced to resign from his position, though he was later exonerated and reinstated. Mrs Clarke was prosecuted for libel in 1813 and imprisoned. On her release, she went to live in France.
BM Satires 11239; Grego II 149.
[Ref: 62054]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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Posting in Ireland.
Posting in Ireland. Forward immediately your Honour; But sure a'nt I waiting for the Girl with the Poker just to give this Mare a burn your Honour, 'tis just to make her start your Honour.
C. Loraine Smith Esq.r _ pinxt. [but James Gillray.]
Publish'd April 8th 1805 by H. Humphrey St. James's Street.
Fine coloured etching, pt. Turkey Mill watermark Sheet 310 x 405mm (12¼ x 16"). Trimmed close to printed border, tear lower right, very small hole lower left.
A scene by James Gillray satirising the coaching prints of Charles Loraine Smith (1751-1835). A dilapidated post-chaise with a thatched roof stands outside a ramshackle inn. The emaciated horses refuse to move despite being whipped. A boy raises a pitchfork to strike the beasts and a bare-footed woman approaches with a huge red-hot poker.
BM: 10478.
[Ref: 61778]   £720.00  
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Posting in Scotland.
Posting in Scotland. Hald your Haund Mun, hold your haund! - en troth mun: e'n gin you na mind yoursel, youl just make the Muckle Laird coupeing his Creels.
C. Loraine Smith Esq.r _ pinxt. [but James Gillray.]
Publish'd May 25th by H. Humphrey St. James's Street.
Fine coloured aquatint. Sheet 320 x 395mm (12½ x 15½"). Trimmed close to printed border, two tears taped top left corner and centre bottom.
A scene by James Gillray satirising the coaching prints of Charles Loraine Smith (1751-1835). A post-chaise breaks apart as it descends a mountain road onto a bare moor. All four kilted Scotsmen are bare-footed and show their bare posteriors.
BM Satires 10479.
[Ref: 61777]   £650.00  
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The Cock Lane Ghost.
The Cock Lane Ghost.
[n.d., c.1762.]
Etching. Sheet 90 x 150mm (3½ x 6"). With three wood engravings and seven 18th century newspaper clippings on the same subject. Trimmed to printed border, laid down and mounted over, laid on album paper.
Rare item. A man enters a room to be confronted by a ghostly woman. 'The Cock Lane Ghost' seemed to haunt William Kent, a usurer from Norfolk who, after his wife Elizabeth had died in childbirth, had taken up with his sister-in-law, Fanny. They moved to London as man and wife, and took lodgings in Cock Lane, in the house of Richard Parsons, a parish clerk. Kent loaned Parsons 12 guineas, to be repaid at a rate of a guinea per month. Then strange noises started to be heard in the house, after which a visitor reported seeing a ghostly white figure ascend the stairs. After a lull Fanny died of smallpox and the knockings resumed. With John Moore, rector of St Bartholomew-the-Great in West Smithfield, Parsons devised a method of communication with the spirit: one knock for yes, two knocks for no. The spirit suggested that the ghost that had scared the vistor was Elizabeth and the latest was Fanny, both of whom had been poisoned by William Kent. Thus Kent fell under public suspicion as a murderer but, protesting his innocence, allowed séances to be held, one attended by Prince Edward, Duke of York and Albany, 30th January 1762. Eventually a committee (including Samuel Johnson) declared the haunting a hoax, stating the knockings were caused by Parsons' daughter Elizabeth. They were sentenced in 1763.
[Ref: 61758]   £230.00   (£276.00 incl.VAT) view all images for this item
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Cocking the Greeks.
Cocking the Greeks.
Pub.d May 16th 1796 by S.W.Fores, No 50 the Corner of Sackville Street. NB Folios of caractures lent for the Evening.
Fine hand-coloured etching. Sheet: 385 x 290mm (15¼ x 11½"). Trimmed within plate. Taped tear top left in sky.
Lady Archer and Lady Buckinghamshire in the pillory, Lady Buckinghamshire standing on her Faro bank box with her breasts bare. Lord Kenyon stands beneath, ringing a bell and declaiming against illegal gambling. Aristocratic women were unable to gamble in public houses so often set up their own private tables, however, following the start of the French Revolution any behaviour by the aristocratic classes which might cause the working and middle to react was stongly clamped down on. Chief Justaice Lord Kenyon, while judging a case about gambling debts, suggested the pillory as punishment for gamblers, 'whatever may be their rank. or station in the country'. The ladies here ran a notorious faro-bank.
BM 8878.
[Ref: 61897]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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Plate 1st. Cockney-Sportsmen marking Game.
Plate 1st. Cockney-Sportsmen marking Game. [&] Plate 2.d. Cockney-Sportsmen Shooting Flying. [&] Plate 3.d. Cockney-Sportsmen Re-Charging. [&] Plate 4.th. Cockney-Sportsmen finding a Hare.
I.C. [Issac Cruikshank?] Esq.r del.t. J.s. G.y fec.t. [Etched by Gillray].
London Publish'd November 12th. 1800. by H. Humphrey, 27 St James's Street.
Set of four etchings with very fine hand colour. Sheets: 240 x 350mm (9½ x 13¾''). Trimmed to printed borders.
Four hunting scenes showing two London 'cits' out shooting near Hornsey, showing their incompetence. A fashionably dress young man is accompanied by a poodle; the older and fatter John Bull-type has a bulldog.
BM Satire 9596-9599.
[Ref: 61805]   £1,500.00   view all images for this item
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Comfort to the Corns.
Comfort to the Corns.
J.s Gillray inv.t & fec.t.
Pub.d Feb.y 6th 1800. by H. Humphrey. 27, St James's Street.
Coloured etching. Sheet 265 x 200mm (10½ x 8"). Trimmed to printed border.
A grotesque old woman sitting in a gothic chair before the fire with her cat, slicing her corns on her feet with a large knife.
BMM Satires 9585.
[Ref: 61764]   £380.00  
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Concerto Spirituale.
Concerto Spirituale.
Bretherton f
Publis'd 23d March 1773
Scarce etching, 18th century watermark; sheet 275 x 210mm (10¾ x 8¼"). Partially trimmed to plate on left. Tear repaired with tape.
Three men playing a viol da gamba, flute and horn. Etching after Henry Bunbury (1750-1811), amateur artist who enjoyed a successful career as a designer for printsellers. Tim Clayton writes: 'Prints by Bunbury and his imitators were conspicuously 'polite' and appealed, like novels, 'To the Fashionable World and Polite circles'. Of good family, amply endowed with social skills, a beautiful wife and connections in high society, Bunbury's appeal was not solely aesthetic' and his admirers 'recognized his comic talent, his informed enthusiasm for literature, and his ability to draw a momentary pang with something of the sensitivity with which Sterne could write it.' He designed many prints of rural life such as this, which always remained attactive and picturesque.
BM Satires 5217.
[Ref: 61925]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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M.r T. P. Cooke as William.
M.r T. P. Cooke as William.
[n.d. c.1829]
Fine hand-coloured etching, sheet 225 x 175mm (9 x 7"). Trimmed and glued to backing sheet.
Thomas Peter Cooke in character as William, in 'Black-Eyed Susan.' Whole length, standing, in a sailor's uniform with ships, and maybe Dover Castle in the background
[Ref: 62033]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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The Penny Sunday Times, And People's Police Gazette.
The Penny Sunday Times, And People's Police Gazette. The Execution of Francois Benjamin Courvoisier. [&] Execution of Courvoisier, for the Murder of Lord William Russell, July 6th, 1840.
London, Sunday, July 12th, 1840.
Two etching from newspapers, sheet 575 x 385mm (22¾ x 15¼"). Trimmed and glued to backing sheet.
Two woodcut scenes of criminal François Benjamin Courvoisier (1816–40) being hung outside Newgate Prison. The Swiss-born valet who was convicted of murdering his employer, aristocrat and longtime MP Lord William Russell (1767-1840). A crowd of around 40,000 witnessed his death, including Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray.
[Ref: 61949]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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The Game at Cricket as play'd in the Artillery Ground, London.
The Game at Cricket as play'd in the Artillery Ground, London.
[after Francis Hayman.]
London: Printed for Rob.t Sayer, at the Golden Buck in Fleet Street. [n.d. c.1752]
Engraving sheet 185 x 275mm (7½ x 10¾"). Centre crease, hardly visible from front. Trimmed within plate all sides except bottom.
An very early cricket print, showing a game at the Artillery Ground in Finsbury belonging to the Honourable Artillery Company. The bat is curved; the wicket only has two stumps; and the bowling is underarm. This is a copy of a 1743 engraving by Antoine Benoist after a painting by Francis Hayman, one of twelve sporting pictures designed to decorate supper boxes at Vauxhall Gardens, and is now hanging at Lord's. The wicket keeper is said to be William Hogarth.
[Ref: 62038]   £490.00  
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Crimping a Quaker.
Crimping a Quaker.
Rowlandson 1814.
[Pub.d March 1st 1814] by Thos Tegg No 111 Cheapside [but later].
Fine coloured etching. 350 x 250mm (13½ x 10¾") Small margins.
Prostitutes try to hustle a Quaker into a brothel. One sings 'Wont you come, wont you come Mr Mug' (a popular song).
BM: Satires 12401, this example with date erased.
[Ref: 61817]   £320.00  
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Cymon & Iphigenia.
Cymon & Iphigenia.
J.s G.y des. T. Adams sculp.t. [drawn and engraved by James Gillray].
[Pub,d May 2.d 1796 by H. Humphrey New Bond Street.]
Fine coloured etching. Sheet 240 x 375mm (9½ x 14¾"). Trimmed to printed border, losing publication line.
A burlesque of the discovery by Cymon of Iphigenia asleep, with a hideous yokel finding a fat black country-woman leaning back against a sandy bank. He drops his stick and gapes with delighted surprise.
BM Satires 8908.
[Ref: 61734]   £520.00  
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A broad hint of not meaning to Dance.
A broad hint of not meaning to Dance.
B. [compass monogram of Brownlow North] Esq.r - del. [Etched by James Gillray.]
Publish'd November 20th 1804 by H.Humphrey, No 27 St James's Street, London.
Fine coloured etching. Sheet 255 x 380mm (10 x 15"). Trimmed to printed border.
A pretty young woman walks away from a ugly fop, taking her chair with her but leaving a fragment of her dress under his foot.
BM Satires 10302.
[Ref: 61797]   £580.00  
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Dandies at Tea.
Dandies at Tea. 317.
I. R. Cruikshank. fecit.
Pub.d Nov.r 1818, by T. Tegg. 111 Cheapside.
Finely hand coloured etching, sheet 330 x 250mm (13 x 9¾"). Trimmed within plate.
Two fops have tea in a small disheveled room. The host asks "My Dear Fellow, Mr Sim is your Tea agreeable?" To which Sim, with spectacles on his forehead, answers: "Charming my Dear Lollena do you buy it?" Between his extended legs is an umbrella. The bed turned up against the wall to give space for two chairs and a small round table. Ragged garments are pegged on a line stretching across the room. A rat looks from a hole in the floor; beside it is a smoothing-iron. A small casement window shows a row of houses and the dome of St. Paul's.
[Ref: 61816]   £360.00  
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Nancy Dawson.
Nancy Dawson.
James Watson fecit.
London, Printed for John Bowles, at N,,º 13 ~ Cornhill.
Very rare mezzotint. 150 x 115mm (6 x 4½"), with large margins. Mounted in album paper.
A half-length portrait of Nancy Dawson, stage name of Ann Newton (1730-67), an actress and dancer at Sadler's Wells, the Covent Garden Theatre and Drury Lane. She found fame in 1759 during a performance of the Beggar's Opera: the man who danced the hornpipe among the thieves fell ill and she replaced him, to the audience's delight. A song called 'The Ballad of Nancy Dawson', attributed to George Alexander Stevens, contains the lines, 'Her easy mien, her shape so neat, / She foots, she trips, she looks so sweet; / Her every motion's so complete, I die for Nancy Dawson'.
CS: 45., state ii.
[Ref: 61955]   £240.00   (£288.00 incl.VAT)
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Dear Albert,
Dear Albert, arter all there's nothing like the Valtz! I vonders if the Kiveen feels the same delightful sensations when she's Valtzing with her Albert, as I dos?
JLM [in image]
London, Pub.d by J L Marks Long Lane Smithfield. [n.d. c.1840]
Very rare finely hand-coloured lithograph, sheet 285 x 225mm (11¼ x 8¾"). Folds. Tears. What looks like make up, obscurring part of the lady's face.
Satire print from the Victorian era that parodies a plump, aristocratic German woman dancing with a grin-faced black man dressed shabbily; the man appears to be her servant. With the caption "Dear Albert, artist all, there's nothing like the Valtz!," the woman parodies her pretenses of comparing herself to Queen Victoria, whose husband was Prince Albert. I wonder if the Kiveen experiences the same delightful feelings as I do when she's kissing Albert. Although slavery had been outlawed across the British Empire by the time this print was probably created (after 1833) the way Albert is portrayed—his big smile, wide eyes, and innocent manner—is evocative of the racial stereotypes prevalent at the time.
[Ref: 62031]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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A Second Jean d'Arc or the Assassination of Marat by Charlotte Cordé of Caen in Normandy on Sunday July 14 1793.
A Second Jean d'Arc or the Assassination of Marat by Charlotte Cordé of Caen in Normandy on Sunday July 14 1793. Who, while he was Villifying some of the more moderate men in the Convention and asserting that they should lose their heads stabed him saying, Villian thy death shall precede theirs.
[Isaac Cruikshank.]
Pubd July 26 1793 by S W Fores No 3 Piccadilly.
Coloured etching. 240 x 335mm (9½ x 13¼). Trimmed into image on three sides.
In a street, a grotesque Jean-Paul Marat falls to the ground, blood pouring from a gash in his waistcoat. Above him stands a glamorous Charlotte Corday, knife in hand, saying ''Down, down, to Hell & say A Female Arm has made one bold Attempt to free her Country''. Marat was assassinated in the bath on 13th July; news reached London on 22th July, but with few details.
BM Satires 8335,
[Ref: 61886]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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A Decent Story.
A Decent Story.
[Drawn and etched by James Gillray.]
Pub.d Nov.r 9th 1795, by H. Humphrey, No 37, New Bond Street.
Etching with fine hand colour. Sheet 220 x 300mm (8¾ x 11¾") Trimmed within printed border at top, to border elsewhere.
Five people sit around a table drinking port, a raconteur holding forth. Hannah Humphrey (second right, with distinctive chin) and a parson listen with smiles, although an officer is more interested in the woman at the other end of the table. Although the British Museum describes this print as being 'From a sketch by an amateur', it is likely to be by Gillray, who lived with Hannah Humphrey for many years. This and 'Two-penny Whist' (1796) are intimate scenes of their domestic arrangements: both prints are visible in the Humprey shop window in Gillray's 'Very Slippy-Weather' (1808), alongside Gillray's more famous prints, suggesting a sentimental importance.
BM Satires 8753.
[Ref: 61788]   £480.00  
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The Delights of Islington.
The Delights of Islington. - WHEREAS my New Pagoda has been cladestinely carried, / off & a new pair of DOLPHINS taken from the top of the / GAZEBO by some blood-thirsty Villians. & whereas / a great deal of TIMBER has been cut down & carried / away from the Old GROVE That was planted last Spring / & PLUTO & PROSPERPINE thrown into my BASON from / henceforth Steel Traps & Spring Guns will be constantly / by me. JEREMIAH SAGO.
H.W.Bunbury delin. Chas.Bretherton Jun. f.
Publish'd as the Act directs April 30th 1772 By J.Bretherton No.134 New Bond Street.
Etching, sheet 330 x 235mm (13 x 9¼"). Trimmed to platemark; tipped into backing sheet at sides.
Satire on the recently wealthy owner of an Islington suburban home with a garden: On the left is a gazebo raised on a pillar around which winds a staircase; on the right is an obelisk surmounted by a huge sphere; and beyond is a high wall. The man is ill-dressed, facing front, legs apart, leaning on a stick, and staring angrily as he complains about damage to his property. His hat is on the ground beside him.
BM Satire 4722. Ref: Michael Symes "Prints & the Landscape Garden" pg.25.
[Ref: 61965]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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A Demosthenes from the Kings Arms.
A Demosthenes from the Kings Arms. Hand Off! _ be timely studious of your good - / The first of Eloquence is flesh and blood!
[n.d., c.1800.]
Ink and grey wash, lettered in pencil, pt 18th century watermark. Verso slight pencil sketch. Sheet 215 x 135mm (8½ x 5¼").
A public house agitator, fist raised.
[Ref: 61770]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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[Charles Dibdin] The Chaunting Orator.
[Charles Dibdin] The Chaunting Orator.
[n.d., c.1790.]
Etching with engraving. Sheet 150 x 190mm (5¾ x 7½. Trimmed, mounted in album paper at edges.
Charles Dibdin (c.1745 – 1814), composer and actor, stands at a harpsichord, holding a paper inscribed 'Oddities Wags'. See 59564 for a different version of the same caricature attributed to the pseudonymical 'Annabal Scratch'.
BM K,59.72; see BM Satires 7953.
[Ref: 62059]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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The Contest for Doggett's Coat & Badge.
The Contest for Doggett's Coat & Badge. A Prize rowed for every 1.st of Aug.st.
Pub. by Hodgson & Co. Newgate Str. [n.d., c.1824].
Etching with engraving. Sheet 130 x 235mm (5 x 9¼"). Trimmed within plate, original folds, mounted in album paper.
The Thames Waterman row for the Doggett's Coat and Badge, passing under Blackfriars Bridge, with St Paul's Cathedral behind. Held every year since it was started in 1715 by Thomas Doggett, an Irish actor and manager of Drury Lane, it is the oldest continuous rowing race in the world,
[Ref: 61954]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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Dogs dancing. La danse des chiens.
Dogs dancing. La danse des chiens.
C. Vernet inv. & del. Levachez fils sculp.
Se vend à Paris, Rue St. Lazare, Chaussée d'Antin, No. 88 [n.d., c.1800].
Fine & rare coloured etching with aquatint. Sheet 435 x 635mm (17 x 25"). Trimmed within plate on three sides, paper toned.
A Parisian street scene with a street entertainer with performing dogs and monkeys dressed in clothes, after Carle Vernet (1758-1836). A second man plays a flute and drum as a third, holding a huge tamborine, passes his hat around a large crowd.
[Ref: 61825]   £790.00  
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