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Bully Dawson in the Bilboes.
Bully Dawson in the Bilboes. Vol. II. p.219.
[London: Sam Brown, 1720.]
Engraving with etching. Sheet 155 x 95mm (6 x 3¾"). Trimmed close to image on right.
Dawson, described in the text as 'Noble Captain and Commander in Chief of all the Cowards in Christendom', is manhandled into the stocks. From 'Letters from the Dead to the Living', in 'The Second Volume of the Works of Mr. Thomas Brown, Serious and Comical in Prose and Verse'. Brown (1662-1704) was a satirist, now best known for his epigram, 'I do not like thee, Doctor Fell'.
The full text can be found on Google Books.
[Ref: 60878]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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Joe Haynes's Mountebanks Speech.
Joe Haynes's Mountebanks Speech. Vol. II. p.167.
[London: Sam Brown, 1720.]
Engraving with etching. Sheet 155 x 95mm (6 x 3¾"). Trimmed close to image on right.
The quack doctor 'Seignior Giusippe Hanesio, High-German Doctor and Astrologer in Brandinopolis' stands on a stage, haranguing an audience. From 'Letters from the Dead to the Living', in 'The Second Volume of the Works of Mr. Thomas Brown, Serious and Comical in Prose and Verse'. Brown (1662-1704) was a satirist, now best known for his epigram, 'I do not like thee, Doctor Fell'.
The full text can be found on Google Books.
[Ref: 60877]   £70.00   (£84.00 incl.VAT)
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Mark Anthony teaching ye Dogs to Dance. Oliver Cromwell turn'd Rat-Catcher.
Mark Anthony teaching ye Dogs to Dance. Oliver Cromwell turn'd Rat-Catcher. Vol. II. p.9.
[London: Sam Brown, 1720.]
Engraving with etching. Sheet 155 x 95mm (6 x 3¾"). Trimmed close to image on right.
Mark Antony dressed as a soldier, teaching dogs to do acrobatic tricks. To the right a man carries a 'Raree Show' on his back. From 'Letters from the Dead to the Living', in 'The Second Volume of the Works of Mr. Thomas Brown, Serious and Comical in Prose and Verse'. Brown (1662-1704) was a satirist, now best known for his epigram, 'I do not like thee, Doctor Fell'.
The full text can be found on Google Books. Property of Nigel C. Talbot.
[Ref: 60869]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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The Mitred Hog and Ladys.
The Mitred Hog and Ladys. Vol. II. p.130.
E Kirkall Sculp.
[London: Sam Brown, 1720.]
Engraving with etching. Sheet 155 x 90mm (6 x 3½"). Trimmed within plate.
A priest addresses three women in a boudoir. From 'Letters from the Dead to the Living', in 'The Second Volume of the Works of Mr. Thomas Brown, Serious and Comical in Prose and Verse'. Brown (1662-1704) was a satirist, now best known for his epigram, 'I do not like thee, Doctor Fell'.
[Ref: 60867]   £70.00   (£84.00 incl.VAT)
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The Second Vol. of T. Brown's Works.
The Second Vol. of T. Brown's Works.
[London: Sam Brown, 1720.]
Engraving with etching. 145 x 80mm (5¾ x 3¼"). Narrow right margin. Time stained.
The frontispiece to 'The Second Volume of the Works of Mr. Thomas Brown, Serious and Comical in Prose and Verse'. In the foreground Charon ferrys a group of gentlemen across the River Styx, watched by three men on the far bank, the author and the recently-dead comic actors Joe Haines and James Nokes. Above a demon flies by on a monster. Thomas Brown (1662-1704) was a satirist, now best known for his epigram, 'I do not like thee, Doctor Fell'.
BM Satires 1390.
[Ref: 60866]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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A Bull in a China-Shop;
A Bull in a China-Shop; [Written by Mr C.Dibdin; composed by Mr Reeve; and sung by Mr Grimaldi with unbounded Applause, in the New Comic Patomime [sic], called ''Harlequin Highflyer, or Off she Goes'', at the Aquatic Theatre, Sadlers Wells.]
Cruikshank Del.
[Publish'd Sept. 5. 1808. by Laurie & Whittle, 53. Fleet Street, London].
Fine coloured etching. Sheet 180 x 210mm (7 x 8¼"). Trimmed to printed border on three sides, into letterpress title at bottom.
A bull rampages among broken crockery in a China Warehouse, tossing the proprietor, John Mug, through the shattered window, to land on a scavenger's cart.
BM Satires 11206.
[Ref: 60778]   £320.00  
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Cross Readings.
Cross Readings. To be read downwards, commencing at the Top of each column.
E.S. Hall.
Printed & sold by W. Jeffrey 7 Geo. Yard Lombard St. Price Sixpence [n.d., c.1850.]
Scarce coloured lithograph. Sheet 310 x 245mm (12¼ x 9¾").
A fence covered with overlapping bills, positioned to be read for humourous effect. An example reads 'Her Majesty who has been graciously pleased to say she will take' ... 'Any Old Iron Saucepans or Frying Pans in exchange for' ... 'Lords Melbourne and Russell'. Top right is a swivel cannon, designed to repel boarders, with a sign 'Bill stickers beware'. Looking over the fence is a grotesque man saying 'Tunder and Turf, I should just like to cotch one o' the Wagabones'. 'The Chinese Saloon the celebrated Jugglers ..'.
See 12598 for an earlier version.
[Ref: 60763]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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[Doctor Syntax in the middle of a smoaking hot Political squabble, wishes to Whet his Whistle.]
[Doctor Syntax in the middle of a smoaking hot Political squabble, wishes to Whet his Whistle.]
Rowlandson Del.
by Tho.s Tegg No 111 Cheapside [n.d., c.1815]. Price 1s. Coloured.
Coloured etching. Sheet 215 x 320mm (8½ x 12½"). Trimmed to image, losing title.
A scene in a crowded tavern: Dr Syntax sits on a bench with three men, smoking a long pipe; he looks over his shoulder to attract the attention of the barmaid, who is serving a good-looking soldier. Originally published 31st August 1813, this example has the date removed.
Not in BM.
[Ref: 60794]   £380.00  
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The Oppidan's Museum, or Eton Court of Claims at the Christopher.
The Oppidan's Museum, or Eton Court of Claims at the Christopher.
Drawn & Engraved by R. Cruikshank.
Published March 1. 1824 by Sherwood, Jones & Co.
Fine coloured aquatint. Sheet 150 x 120mm (6 x 9"). Trimmed within plate, binding marks along bottom edge.
A view in the cellars of the Christopher Hotel in Eton, where 'Oppidans' (i.e. pupils who could afford to lodge in town rather than at the school) would stay). Curios hang from the ceiling. A drinking scene. A plate from 'The English Spy: An Original Work, Characteristic, Satirical, and Humorous. Comprising Scenes and Sketches in Every Rank of Society, Being Portraits of the Illustrious, Eminent, Eccentric, and Notorious Drawn from the Life by Bernard Blackmantle', described by Abbey as 'perhaps the most daring book ever published' because many of the people in the narrative could be recognised.
Abbey Life 325.
[Ref: 60823]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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[Elizabeth Farren & Robert Bensley.] [A Scene in the Fair Circassian a woeful Tragedy written by Mr. Pratt.
[Elizabeth Farren & Robert Bensley.] [A Scene in the Fair Circassian a woeful Tragedy written by Mr. Pratt. So Bensley stared with all his might / E'en till his Eyeball started / So Farren flew to meet his sight / But she had laced herself so tight / Her Top and Bottom parted.]
JS [James Sayers].
[n.d., c.1782.]
Scarce etching, 18th century watermark. 285 x 360mm (11¼ x 14¼"), with large margins. Title of later state added in pencil.
Elizabeth Farren as Almeida and Robert Bensley as Omar in Samuel Jackson Pratt's 'The Fair Circassian', first performed in 1781. Almeida's torso is not connected to her petticoats; Omar holds a chain attached to his wrist and a disembodied eye just in front of his face (in shock). The British Museum has an impression with the title 'A Puff Off' in an inscription area under the image, which it believes was never published (BM Satires 6359). This state has the inscription area excised but does not have the etched text in the sky of the later state (BM 6359a), here reproduced in pencil, but lacking 'moving' of 'A Moving Scene...'. The Metropolitan Museum has an impression of this state with the inscriptions of the first state added in old ink, including 'Published March 16th 1782 by C. Bretherton' (17.3.888-337).
State between BM 6359 & 6359a)
[Ref: 60764]   £450.00  
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Calender-Narr.
Calender-Narr.
[engraved by Johann Christoph Weigel.]
[Würzburg, 1698-1711.]
Engraving. Sheet 185 x 145mm (7¼ x 5¾"). Glue stains in border, paper toned.
'The Calendar Fool". A caricature of a man too invested in astrology. From ''Etwas für Alle, das ist: Eine kurtze Beschreibung allerley Stands- Ambts- Und Gewerbspersonen'' bu Abraham à Sancta Clara.
[Ref: 60781]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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[Charles James Fox & Frederick North] The Cole-Heavers.
[Charles James Fox & Frederick North] The Cole-Heavers. ''Two virtuous Elves, / Taking care of themselves''.
[by James Gillray.]
Pub.d April 16th 1783 by W. Humphrey, N.o 226, Strand.
Coloured etching. Sheet 240 x 330mm (9½ x 13"). Trimmed within plate.
A scruffily-dressed Charles James Fox, with a fox's head and brush, holds open a sack marked 'For Private Use' for Frederick North to shovel guineas into. Empty sacks hang on a wall under a scroll reading 'For the Use of the Publick'. In April North returned to power as Home Secretary in an unlikely coalition with Fox, the radical Whig leader, only lasting to December. 'Cole' was slang for gold or money.
BM Satires 6213.
[Ref: 60795]   £680.00  
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John Bulls Watchman Neglecting his duty!!!
John Bulls Watchman Neglecting his duty!!!
[Engraved by John Cawse & F. Sansom (the speech bubbles only)]
Publish.d by S W Fores Piccad Jan.y 1.st 1800.
Fine coloured etching, 18th century watermark. Sheet 270 x 370mm (10¾ x 14½"). Trimmed within plate, small tear in top edge.
Pitt, Dundas, Greville and George Rose(?) in a mask leave the Treasury with sacks of gold, sneaking past a sleeping Charles James Fox and a muzzled mastiff with the face of Sheridan.
BM Satires 9508.
[Ref: 60797]   £380.00  
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[George Fox] The Pall Mall of Brandipolis.
[George Fox] The Pall Mall of Brandipolis. Vol. II. p.9.
[London: Sam Brown, 1720.]
Engraving with etching. Sheet 155 x 95mm (6 x 3¾"). Trimmed within image on right.
A street scene in an invented town, with ''Three flaming Beaux of the first Magnitude... Diogenes the famous Cynic Philosopher, and his two companions are George Fox, and James Naylor the Quakers''. From 'Letters from the Dead to the Living', in 'The Second Volume of the Works of Mr. Thomas Brown, Serious and Comical in Prose and Verse'. Brown (1662-1704) was a satirist, now best known for his epigram, 'I do not like thee, Doctor Fell'.
The full text can be found on Google Books.
[Ref: 60868]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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A French Petit Maitre and His Valet.
A French Petit Maitre and His Valet. Le Petit Gascon Partant pour la Comedie.
[after Charles Brandoin.]
[n.d., c. 1755.]
Very rare etching. 365 x 260mm (14¼ x 10¼"), with large margins. Stitch holes in left edge. Slightly time-stained.
A scene on Rue d'Enfer, a Parisian street, with a foppish Frenchman wearing a coat decorated with hearts, a large nosegay on his shoulder and ribbons on his sword. His valet, who has a comb in his curl-papers, holds out a paper inscribed ''Au petit Marquis''. A close copy of a plate by Charles Grignion, published by Robert Sayer and John Smith in 1771, with the French title added.
See BM Satires 4933 for the original.
[Ref: 60765]   £360.00  
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A Macaroni Taylor Returning from a Feast.
A Macaroni Taylor Returning from a Feast.
Van Grog fecit.
Published as ye Act directs Jan.y ye 25 1773 by T. Pether Berwick S.t.
Etching, pt 18th century watermark. Sheet 170 x 125mm (6¾ x 5"). Trimmed within plate. Bit messy on left.
An extravagantly-dressed dandy, hat balanced on the top of his wig, scissors in his pocket, riding on the back of a goose with reins in its mouth. The British Museum has only two other 'Van Grog' caricatures, both macaronis published by Thomas Pether in 1773.
Not in BM.
[Ref: 60779]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Macaronies Drawn After the Life.
Macaronies Drawn After the Life. V.2. 22.
Pub. Accord to Act Dec.r 1. 1773 by MDarly 39 Strand.
Etching, pt. 18th century watermark. 180 x 244mm (7 x 9¾"), very large margins
Two scenes on one plate: on the left a smiling macaroni stands at a table with dice on the floor by his feet, playing cards and a book entitled 'Women of Pleasure' on the table, a painting of a racehorse on the wall; on the right a skeleton representing Death leans on a funerary monument, a spade in his hand. The tomb is inscribed 'Here lies interr'd Dicky Daffodil ...&c.' and goes on to describe his death from dissipation in morbid detail. Matthias, also known as Matthew Darly (c.1721-1780) was a British engraver, printseller, drawing master specialising in 'Macaroni's'. He worked together with his second wife Mary Darly (fl. 17561779).
BM Satires: 4645.
[Ref: 60782]   £230.00   (£276.00 incl.VAT)
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The Double Humbug or the Devils Imp Praying for Peace.
The Double Humbug or the Devils Imp Praying for Peace.
Rowlandson del.
Pub.d Jan.y 1.st 1814 by R. Ackermann N.o 101 Strand.
Fine & scarce coloured etching. 245 x 350mm (10 x 13¾"), on Whatman paper.
A design in two compartments. On the left a pot-bellied Napoleon Bonaparte addresses hostile French politicians, with extracts from his speech of 18th December 1813, arguing that peace was for the benefit of France after his 'splendid victories'. Behind a winged Devil perches on his throne. On the right, he prostrates himself before the Allies (a fat John Bull, a morose-looking Spaniard; a Cossack, Austrian and a Dutchman), offering a collection of crowns, including the Pope's tiara, and a sheaf of flags, begging for peace.
BM Satires 12169, with text reproduced in full.
[Ref: 60796]   £490.00  
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Der Porcellan und Gläser-Narr.
Der Porcellan und Gläser-Narr.
[engraved by Johann Christoph Weigel.]
[Würzburg, 1698-1711.]
Engraving. Sheet 185 x 145mm (7¼ x 5¾"). Large hole in unprinted area, paper toned. Damaged.
'The Porcelain and Glasses Fool". A man raises his arms in horror as a boy pulls a cloth from under a display of china and glass. Under the image is a six-line verse in gothic-script German. From ''Etwas für Alle, das ist: Eine kurtze Beschreibung allerley Stands- Ambts- Und Gewerbspersonen'' bu Abraham à Sancta Clara.
[Ref: 60780]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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[A Soft Tumble after a Hard Ride.
[A Soft Tumble after a Hard Ride. From the Original Picture by John Collet, in the possession of the Proprietors.]
[London: Carington Bowles, c.1780.]
Mezzotint, fine proof before letters. 155 x 115mm (6 x 4½"). Proofs of drolls, small or large, are very rare.
Three hunters, a man and two women, attempt to jump a gate. Two fall, the man landing on top of one of the women. A smaller-format version of a plate published by Carington Bowles in 1780 (BM satires 5816). The BM's example of this smaller version (2010,7081.2106) is a later state, published by Bowles & Carver with added engraving, with the pamphlet in the man's pocket titled 'The Joys of th[e] Cha[se]'.
[Ref: 60799]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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[Satire of the Earl of Bute] [Sawney ganging back again being turned out of place.]
[Satire of the Earl of Bute] [Sawney ganging back again being turned out of place.]
[Engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi after George Townshend.]
[Pub.d 14th June 1782 by Kearsley Fleet Street.]
Etching, 18th century watermark. Sheet 300 x 215mm (11¾ x 8½"). Trimmed, losing title, publication line and letterpress lyrics.
The illustration to a satirical songsheet, showing Sawney (Bute) in Highland dress looking over his shoulder at a barking mastiff, as he leaves the 'Crown Inn' with the goods he has plundered from his former employers. George III can be seen looking up as Charles James Fox tries to pull the inn's sign back into place. The facade of the inn is kept up with beams marked 'Paper Credit' and 'Liberty of the Press'.
BM Satires 6005, with the original lyrics reproduced; De Vesme 2239 for attribution to Bartolozzi.
[Ref: 60752]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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Conversation at Whites.
Conversation at Whites.
HB [John Doyle]. Printed by C. Mott, 23, Leicester Sq.r.
Published by Tho.s McLean, Haymarket Dec.r 30.th 1830.
Lithograph. Printed area 270 x 325mm (10½ x 12¾"), with large margins.
Three men stand in discussion by the fireplace of White's Club, although all are dressed for outside, with top hats. One says ''Of course vested Interest's will be respected, to which another replies ''How! no such thing as vesated Interests in our days''. Another man, seated reading a newspaper, eavesdrops and says ''That is one of S-ft-n's perculiar hits! agad! I'll send it as a hint to HB''. According to McLean's 'Illustrative Key to the Political Sketches of H.B.' (1841): The subject of this conversation appears to be the Reform Bill, then the prominent topic of the day. The dress and figure of the Speaker, who observes that ''vested interests will of course be respected,'' sufficiently prove him, although his face is not seen, to be Sir Francis Burdett; the respondent is the late Earl of Sefton, a nobleman equally eminent for the good things which he said, and for those which he devoured. Though not conspicuous in Parliament, he was a very distinguished and influential member of the Whig party, of which it was sometimes alleged, by their opponents, that Lord Sefton's head contained more sense than the heads of all the rest of the party put together. This species of supremacy, some of his party might not be disposed to allow him; but his taste and judgment in gastronomy were universally admitted. The other figures in the sketch are not portraits.
[Ref: 60818]   £80.00   (£96.00 incl.VAT)
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[White's Club armorial.] Claret. Cogit Amor Nummi.
[White's Club armorial.] Claret. Cogit Amor Nummi.
MDarly Fec.t.
[London: Darly & Edwards, 1756-9.]
Etching. 85 x 120mm (3¼ x 4¾"). Small margins.
A satirical armorial adopted by White's Club, with playing cards, dice, and an arm shaking a dice-box, within a claret bottle ticket held up by an old and young Knave of Clubs. The motto translates as 'Love of money drives them to it'. The satire was the result of a discussion on a wet day at Strawberry Hill, between Horace Walpole, George Williams and painter George Selwyn, intended as a satire on the 'the Old and Young Club' which met at Arthur's, in St James's Street. Walpole had it engraved by Charles Grignon. A carved wooden copy now hangs in White's. This version was engraved by Darly for 'A Political and Satirical History of the Years 1756, 1757, 1758, 1759, 1760, 1761, and 1762', a volume of political and social caricatures covering a pivotal period in the history of Great Britain and the Americas. The letterpress (not present here) describes it as 'The arms of two great Gamesters well known at Arthur's and the Cocoa-tree'.
[Ref: 60816]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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[White's Club.] Cog-it & Nummi Petition. .
[White's Club.] Cog-it & Nummi Petition. . 56.
[Matthew Darley.]
[London: Darly & Edwards, 1757.]
Etching. 110 x 80mm (4¼ x 3¼"), with large margins. Worm hole in top margin.
A scene in White's, with six men standing around the White's coat of arms, discussing the impending execution of Admiral Byng for failing to ''do his utmost'' to prevent Minorca from falling to the French. Comments include '1000 to 1 he dies" and ''He dont see Tuesday for 100". From, 'A Political and Satirical History of the Years 1756, 1757, 1758, 1759, 1760, 1761, and 1762', a volume of political and social caricatures covering a pivotal period in the history of Great Britain and the Americas. The letterpress (not present here) describes it as 'The arms of two great Gamesters well known at Arthur's and the Cocoa-tree'.
[Ref: 60817]   £140.00  
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