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George Murgatroyd Woodward (1767-1809), cartoonist: prints and drawings

The collection consists of 494 items, of which 276 are prints, 169 are drawings, 2 are pen and ink sketches and 47 are pencil drawings. Of the 276 prints, 56 are by artists other than Woodward. There is reason to believe that the archive contains one or more editions of Tegg's 'Caricature Magazine', to which Woodward contributed work. This would explain the large number of prints by other artists, and why a number of the prints by Woodward are reissues, published after his death.




Drawings, watercolours and pen and ink sketches.

c. 1765-1809


Bad News

A street scene with a coffee house on the left and a wax works on the right. Above the door of the wax works is a sign which reads 'The Taking of ST EUSTATIA'. In the foreground, from right to left: a newspaper boy carries a paper marked 'noon', two concerned-looking men converse, a third, with an angry expression, walks towards a beggar on crutches. A man and his son walk into the wax works, and a man wearing glasses sits on the pavement outside. In the background there is a street of terraced houses. Available on CD 157

12 Feb 1782


Saturday Morning or The Country Managers Levee

A scene on the stage. The banner above the scene reads: 'Judge not by Outside Appearances'.

A sign pinned to the door on the left reads:

'Manager in Distress after which a Comedy called A New Way To Pay Old Debts with the farce of the Bankrupt'.

From left to right:

A footman in blue jacket with epaulettes and turned-back cuffs facing right. Stout man facing right and bending forward slightly. He wears matching red jacket, waistcoat and breeches and an unpowdered bag-wig. Facing him is a queue of people. First is a bedraggled man with unkempt long dark hair and a hat under his arm. A...

29 Apr 1782


[Drawings for 'Viewing a New Recruit']

Three drawings all with identical subject matter.



[Viewing a New Recruit]

An army officer (left) examines a tall, thin, bedraggled new recruit. The officer has one hand in his pocket and the other holds a pike. He is wearing gaiters, white breeches and waistcoat with a red sash, a red coat with white collar and lapels, brass buttons and gold epaulettes. On his head he wears a black bicorn with cockade and red feather and a club wig. He holds a pike in his left hand and has his right hand in his pocket. A small dog sits next to the pike, looking up at the new recruit. Facing the officer is a tall, thin man with red hair, looking straight ahead. He is wearing...



Viewing a New Recruit

An army officer (left) examines a tall, thin, bedraggled new recruit. The officer holds a pike and has his right hand resting on his hip, pushing back his coat and making his sash visible. The collar of his coat is black and the cuffs and lapels are dark blue. His black hat has a cockade, but no red feathers. A dog is standing next to the pike. A two-storey house with gabled roof is visible in the background, between the two figures, and behind the new recruit, two trees are visible in the distance. Available on CD 157

Jul 1782


Viewing a New Recruit

An army officer examines a tall, thin, bedraggled new recruit. The officer has one hand behind his back and the other holds a pike. A small dog sits at the officer's feet. Available on CD 157.



[Shakespearean drawings]

Scenes from Shakespearean plays and actors in Shakespearean roles. The images have not been described, but the lines to which they refer have been transcribed.



The Tempest. Act 2. Scene 3.

A scene from the play. Available on CD 157.

17 Aug 1782


All's Well That Ends Well. Act 3rd. Scene 8th

A scene from the play. Available on CD 157.

Aug 1782


The 1st Part of Henry 4th. Act 2nd. Scene 1st

A scene from the play. Available on CD 157.

Aug 1782


Hamlet. Act the 2nd. Scene the 3rd.

A scene from the play. Available on CD 157.

Aug 1782


King Henry the Fifth. Act the 4th. Scene the 4th

A scene from the play. Available on CD 157.

Aug 1782


King Henry the Fourth. Part the Second

A scene from the play. Available on CD 157.

Aug 1782


Loves Labours Lost. Act the 5th. Scene the 2nd

A scene from the play. Available on CD 157.

Aug 1782


Measure for Measure. Act 3rd. Scene 2nd

A scene from the play. Available on CD 157.

Aug 1782


The Merchant of Venice

A scene from the play. Available on CD 157.

Aug 1782


A Midsummer Night's Dream. Act 4th. Scene 1st

A scene from the play. Available on CD 157.

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Aug 1782


Much Ado About Nothing. Act 2nd. Scene 2nd

A scene from the play. Available on CD 157.

Aug 1782


The Twelfth Night. Act the 1st. Scene the 4th

A scene from the play. Available on CD 157.

Aug 1782


The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act the 2nd. Scene the 3rd

A scene from the play. Available on CD 157.

Aug 1782


King John. Act the 4th. Scene the 1st

A scene from the play. Available on CD 157.

September 1782


French Prisoners

A procession of seven chained and emaciated prisoners (three-quarter length) walk from right to left. The first is dressed in a blue coat and red waistcoat. His face is lined and he wears his hair in a pigtail. Behind him is a man in a white cap and jacket, with a crucifix around his neck, looking upwards. Next to him is a boy, also chained, wearing a red jacket, with his hair loose and his eyes closed. Behind the boy is another man in a white cap and coat and next to him a man in a blue jacket, with his hands in his pockets. He wears his hair in a pigtail and has his eyes closed. The...

10 Jul 1783


Soup Shop Politicians

A scene in a soup shop. A banner across the top reads:

'Portable Soup for Home Consumption'

There a people seated in booths around the room. Seated on a bench on the left is a man reading a newspaper, whilst another man, wearing a brown coat and black hat and standing up looks towards a hatch on the right with the sign 'Coffee, Tea, Chocolate' across the top and two women inside, one large and old, the other, younger woman is talking to a man in military dress.

In the foreground are two men in bag-wigs conversing, and a man holding a crutch, whose foot is being stepped on by one of two...

30 Aug 1783


A St James's Character

An ageing beau walking from left to right. He wears top boots and high-waisted breeches with ribbon braces, a red coat with white collar and lapels and brass buttons, glasses and a cocked hat with a black cockade. He has a pigtail queue and has his hands in his pockets. Available on CD 157.

25 Jan 1784


A Conversation

Two men in conversation; on the left is a Jew, in a long black coat and hat, and striped stockings. He has dark hair and beard and is holding a cane in his right hand. A dog sits at his feet and looks up at man in a light-coloured suit standing on the right. He is wearing a black hat with a broad brim, and is holding his hands on his stomach. A dog is sitting behind him. In the background is a landscape with hills and trees, and on the right is a three-storey red-brick house, with a walled garden and railings. Available on CD 157.

Feb 1784


An Independant Cobler

Cobbler in shirt-sleeves, red waistcoat and apron waves a hat with the motto 'FOX ' in his left hand. In his right hand he holds a foaming tankard and a dog is running around at his feet, mouth open. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1784


A Patriotic Gingerbread Baker

Portrait of a stout man in a brown suit. He wears a long bob-wig and cocked hat with a cockade with the motto 'Pitt and the Constitution' at the centre. His right hand rests on a cane. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1784


[The magistrate and the night watchmen]

Two men have been brought before a seated man dressed in red.

The seated man is wearing a red coat and cap. He has his glasses pushed up on his forehead and has his gouty left leg resting on a footstool. On either side of his chair are men standing holding long canes. The man on the left is young and wears his hair loose. He wears a red waistcoat and a blue coat with brass buttons. The man on the right of the chair is wearing a bob-wig. Standing slightly in front of him is a man in a long blue coat edged with gold. He is wearing a wig and a cocked hat with a cockade. He is also...

14 Jul 1784



Half length portrait of Ophelia in profile to the right. She wears a white dress and black sash, and her hair loose, with a garland of leaves on her head. She holds a flower in one hand and a basket in the other. In the background are a column and a draped curtain. Available on CD 157.

20 Jul 1784


Michael - Satan

Bust portraits of Michael on the left, and Satan on the right. Michael is a young man with long curly hair and feathered wings, wearing a crested helmet. Satan has a heavily lined face, black wings, and a helmet. Available on CD 157.

28 Jul 1784


A View of the Orkney Isles with one of Mr F-x's New Constituents

A tall thin Scotsman stands in front of a landscape of sea and mountains. He wears red a green tartan, a green hat with a red feather in it and is barefoot. He has a cane or sword strapped to his side, and to the right of him stands an emaciated dog. Available on CD 157.

Jul 1784


Gradation from a Greenhorn to a Blood

Series of drawings illustrating an article by Hawkesworth in the 'Adventurer' magazine (20 October 1753), in which he traces the moral decline from Greenhorn, through Jemmy, Jessamy, Smart, Honest Fellow, Joyous Spirit, and Buck to Blood.

Aug 1784


Sketch the 2nd : A Jemmy

Portrait of a young man, wearing a red coat, black breeches and cocked hat, walking from right to left. In his left hand he holds a very thin cane and a dog walks alongside him. Available on CD157.

Aug 1784


Sketch 3rd : A Jessamy

Portrait of a young man in top boots, a red coat with brass buttons and gold shoulder knots, pigtail queue and black cocked hat with cockade. He faces right and holds a quizzing glass in one hand and has a whip tucked under his arm. Available on CD 157.

Aug 1784


Sketch the 4th : A Smart

Portrait of a beau, dressed all in black, with white ruffles at his collars and wearing a bag-wig, stepping daintily from right to left. He is wearing a sword and is holding a quizzing glass in his left hand. Available on CD 157.

Aug 1784


Sketch the 5th : An Honest Fellow

Portrait of a man wearing a green suit, bag-wig, buckled shoes and cocked hat, standing with his right hand in his breeches pocket and his left hand behind his back. He has a drink-blotched face and is smiling. Available on CD 157.

Aug 1784


Sketch 6th : A Joyous Spirit

Portrait of a smiling man with red-blonde hair wearing pink coat and waistcoat and cocked hat, with his left hand on a stick and his right hand in his pocket. Available on CD 157.

Aug 1784


Sketch 7th : A Buck

Portrait of a red-faced young man wearing red breeches and waistcoat, blue coat and cocked hat. He is walking from right to left, and has his hands in his pockets and his eyes closed, or downcast. He has a sword and his stockings are falling down. Available on CD 157.

Aug 1784


Sketch 8th : A Blood

Portrait of a man wearing top boots, breeches with the pockets turned out, a spotted waistcoat, a red coat and black cocked hat. He is in leg irons and has his hands behind his back and a patch across his nose. Available on CD 157.

Aug 1784


Sancho Pancha

Portrait of Sancho Pancha standing under trees. He is wearing a red coat with a white ruffle around his neck, and yellow shoes with rosettes on. He has curly blond hair and is wearing a round black hat. His left hand is resting on the neck of a grazing donkey. Available on CD 157.

1 Jan 1785


A Country Cousin

Caricature portrait of a young man. He wears black boots with spurs, light brown breeches, a red frock, a grey overcoat and a white neckcloth. He holds a battered hat in his left hand, his right hand is in his coat-pocket and he has a whip tucked under his right arm. He has red cheeks and is grinning broadly. Available on CD 157.

Feb 1785


A Clause against Usury

In the centre stands a lawyer, dressed all in black and wearing glasses and a powdered physical wig, facing a young man on the right. The young man, wearing top boots, a red coat and pig-tail wig, is handing the lawyer a moneybag. Behind the lawyer a Jew, in a long brown coat and black cocked hat, is taking a moneybag out of the lawyer's hand and reaching into the lawyer's pocket. Available on CD 157

3 Mar 1785


Red hot from Thames Street or The Grocers Wife Too Late for the Play

A large woman walks from left to right with a dog panting at her side. She is wearing a grey striped greatcoat dress over a petticoat edged with red, a black belt and white tippet fastened with a gold brooch. She has a broad-brimmed beige hat with pink trimmings and her hair is in loose curls. A small brown dog runs beside her, partially hidden, with its tongue hanging out. Both have smoke coming from their mouths. Available on CD 157.

8 Mar 1785


How happy could I be with either were the other dear charmer away (vid Gay)

A ragged man stands between two plain women. The man wears a red coat and points to the women on the right, who is large and wears a red and white head-scarf.

The woman on the left wears a pale dress and mobcap. Available on CD 157

Mar 1785


A Levee of Lovers

A young woman in a white dress, blue sash, black shawl and large black hat with a lace curtain sits on a red sofa. On the left is a kneeling man (possibly a Jew) holding a moneybag. On the right is a man in a red coat, and bag-wig, with a hat under his arm and a sword, possibly a soldier. Behind him is a lawyer. There is a draped red curtain in the background, below which are more sketchily drawn figures. Available on CD 157.

13 May 1785


A Magician

Portrait of the head of a bearded magician. He has long white hair and beard and is wearing a red fur hat, and something made of feathers on his shoulder. Available on CD 157.

16 May 1785


[Man and woman in profile]

An old beau holding a stick leers at a young woman. The young woman, walking from right to left, is wearing a grey dress with a black bodice and sleeves and a white handkerchief fastened with a gold brooch. She has her hands in a black muff and is wearing a large black hat with a sloping brim and black veil behind. The man, who is walking several steps behind, is wearing top boots, red breeches, a blue jacket with brass buttons, a bag wig, and a cocked hat with a cockade. He holds a stick in his right hand. Available on CD 157.

18 May 1785


Mr. King in the character of Touchstone, in Shakespears 'As You Like It'.

Portrait of King dressed in a red and white jester's costume, with red and white 'donkey's ears' on the hat. He holds a staff in his right hand.Available on CD 157.

May 1785


Symptoms of Love

Drawings illustrating various types of lovers, accompanied by a short verse.



The Ragged Lovers

On the left a red-haired man in threadbare clothes and a red cloak, holding his hat in his hand, kneels at the feet of a thin woman with a lined face standing on the right, wearing a pink dress and white cap and apron. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1785


The Lame Lovers

On the left a man with a wooden leg, large walking stick and bandage over one eye smiles at a woman on the right in a long red dress, who is holding an ear trumpet up to her ear. She also has a wooden leg and is holding a cane in her left hand. Available on CD 157.

9 Jun 1785


[A pair of lovers]

On the right a woman, wearing a head scarf and white apron over a red dress, carries a large steaming pudding. She smiles at a large man in a blue coat with gold shoulder-knots and a cocked hat. Both figures are stout, with red cheeks. Available on CD 157.

16 Jun 1785


The Pious Lovers

A serious-looking man and woman sit facing each other in chairs. He wears breeches a long coat and a broad-brimmed hat. She is dressed all in a white and has a scarf tied over her head and has a laced bodice. A dog sits next to the man's chair on the left and a cat sits next to the woman's chair on the right. Available on CD 157.

1 Jul 1785


The Bashful Lovers

A young couple, seated on chairs, look shyly at each other. The young man, on the right and facing the spectator, is holding a hat and wears a powdered wig, red coat, black breeches and shoes with buckles. A dog sits next to his chair and looks up at him. The young woman, facing slightly to the left, wears a pale-coloured gown with ruffles on the bodice, a large black hat with lace fringe, and has a fan in her hand. Available on CD 157.

5 Jul 1785


The Musical Lovers

A young woman sits at a keyboard on the right. She is looking up at an older man standing on the left, applauding. He is wearing a yellow suit and a pig-tail wig and has a hat under his arm. Available on CD 157.




A scene from 'The Tempest'. Available on CD 157.

19 Sep 1785


A Contrast

Three-quarter length portrait of a young woman and an older, shorter man walking from left to right. She is wearing a white dress with a red sash and red scalloping around the collar. She wears her hair in loose curls and has on a white hat with red crown, white ostrich feather and white veil. He is wearing a blue coat with brass buttons, a bag-wig and bicorn hat with a cockade. One arm is linked with the young woman's and in his left hand he carries a stick. Available on CD 157.

Dec 1785


[Drawings of Balloons]

Drawings depicting the earliest hydrogen and hot air balloons.

1783 - 1786


Montgolfiers first Balloon launch'd at Versailles before the King and Queen of France

A green balloon decorated with pink swags and bows below which is suspended a cage containing a sheep and a cock. Available on CD 157.



The Descent in the Balloon

A balloon with two passengers seated in a boat-like basket with flags at either end, makes its descent, much to the fright of cottagers below. Two children look out of the doorway of the cottage on the left, a man and woman kneel in terror and a man in a smock holding a pitchfork looks up at the sky. Available on CD 157.

Jul 1784


Plan of Mr Prossers new Invented Balloon

A giant balloon in the shape of Sir John Falstaff. In one hand the balloon figure holds a flag, from his other hand is hung a sail, connected to his foot. The basket, or boat is slung between the feet of the figure, and in it are two men facing each other, one of whom is 'rowing' with a pair of wings. A rudder projects from the back of the boat. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1785


[Balloon in flames]

Flames engulf a red and white striped balloon, with green envelope suspended beneath the basket. Two figures in the basket are waving. Available on CD 157.



British Flag Balloon for Air or Water

A drawing showing Lunardi's British Flag Balloon inflated. The various parts of the balloon are numbered, with explanations at the bottom of the page. The canopy is decorated with the Union Jack and the arms of the Prince of Wales. The basket is draped with a red fringed curtain. The upper level of the basket has wings projecting from it, and the lower level has oars. At the very bottom is a boat-like structure, with two cannons projecting from the front. Available on CD 157.



Mr Lunardis British Flag Balloon as it ascended from the Royal George Rotunda St Georges Fields, with Mrs Sage and George Biggin Esq.

A picture of a man and woman (Mrs. Sage and Mr. Biggin) standing in a basket draped with red curtains, suspended beneath a balloon decorated with the Union Jack. Available on CD 157.



Mr Lunardis Grand British Flag Balloon as it ascended with George Biggin Esq and Mrs Sage. Available on CD 157.

A picture of a man and woman (Mrs. Sage and Mr. Biggin) standing in a basket draped with red curtains, suspended beneath a balloon decorated with the Union Jack. Mr Biggin waves a Union Jack flag in one hand.



A Representation of Mrs Sage the first English Female Aerial Traveller , ascending with George Biggin Esq, from the Royal George Rotunda in St Georges Fields. - This aerial journey was perform'd on Wednesday with Mr Lunardi's New British Flag Balloon. Available on CD 157.

A picture of a man and woman (Mrs. Sage and Mr. Biggin) standing in a basket draped with red curtains, suspended beneath a balloon decorated with the Union Jack. Mr Biggin waves a Union Jack flag in one hand.



A Representation of the Ascension of Lunardi's British Flag Balloon, with George Biggin Esq and Mrs Sage from Royal George Rotunda St Georges Fields

A scene of crowds watching the take-off of a balloon. On the far right is a building with a central pediment and portico, and people standing on the roof. In front of building are two smaller buildings, possibly gate-houses, and an obelisk. In the background can be seen the masts of a ship. On the far left is what appears to be a grandstand. The crowds fill the scene, most are on foot, but there are some carriages. Available on CD 157.



Count Zambecary's Balloon as it ascended with Count Zambecary and Admiral Vernon from Totenham Court Road

A hydrogen balloon with a canopy of red and white vertical stripes, below which is a gondola-shaped carriage. On the left is a seated man wearing a broad-brimmed black hat which he has tied on with a scarf. On the left stands a man in a red coat waving a Union flag. Available on CD 157.

Feb 1786


[A Balloon]

An inflated red and yellow balloon, is tethered to the ground, and is surrounded by strolling spectators. On the left two young men talk to two women wearing ostrich feathers in their hair. There are a numerous couples, and in front of the balloon a young woman walks with an older woman. Just to the right of the balloon there is a group of children playing and on the far right a tall thin man talks to a short stout man with a dog. Available on CD 157.



[Crowd looking at hot air balloon]

A crowd, some on horseback, others in carriages, grandstands and looking out from the windows of a building on the right, watch the flight of a balloon. The balloon has a striped canopy and projecting wings or oars. On the right there is a raked grandstand. Available on CD 157.



A Taylor Done Over

Caricature portrait of a tailor. He wears all brown, except for a red and white striped cap, red unbuttoned waistcoat and red ties around the bottom of his breeches. He has scissors tucked into the waistband of his apron. He has a down-turned mouth and holds his hands in front of him. Available on CD 157.

Feb 1786


Mrs.Martyr in the character of Corinda in the New Comic Opera of Robin Hood or Sherwood Forest

Portrait of Mrs Martyr in a yellow open gown and pink petticoat. She is holding a bow in her left hand and quiver of arrows slung across her back. On her head she wears a black hat with feathers. Available on CD 157.

Apr 1786


Le Matin-a-la Mode.

Couple seated at a table with a frizeur (hair-dresser) attending to the man. The woman (three-quarter length) is in profile, facing right, and leans on the table in the centre. She wears a pale gown with pronounced bustle, ruffle on the front of the dress, pink sash and ruffs at the wrist. Her hair is in loose curls down her back, and she wears a mobcap with a pink ribbon. Standing behind the table is the frizeur in a long pigtail queue and red and white striped cap, and a dark jacket with a high stand-fall collar. He holds a comb between his teeth and in his right hand a hairdressing...

26 Oct 1786


The Widow

A young woman all in black, with a white handkerchief around her shoulders, and black veil, kneels on a grave under a tree, facing a gravestone on the left. On the right the moon can be seen between the clouds. Available on CD 157.

Feb 1787


The Principal Scene in the Pantomime of the Mirror

A rocky, infernal scene; on the far right a man is being turned on a wheel and there are various other figures strewn on the rocks.

On the verso is a pencil sketch of a woman's head. Available on CD 157.

Feb 1787


[Shakespearean drawings]

Scenes from Shakespearean plays and actors in Shakespearean roles.



King Richard III : Mr Smith in the Character of Richard

Portrait of Smith, standing with his arms folded, looking slightly to the left. He has a black beard and moustache. He wears red slashed breeches and a red cape edged with ermine and an ermine ruff. He has a cocked hat with red, white and blue plumes and a sword strapped on.

On the verso is a pencil sketch of the head and torso of a woman. Available on CD 157.

Feb 1787


Macbeth : Mrs Siddons as Lady Macbeth

Portrait of Mrs Siddons in a white nightdress-like garment and white veil. In her left hand she holds a candle and with her right points to a bloodstain on her arm. Available on CD 157.

Feb 1787


The Merchant of Venice: Mr Macklin in the Character of Shylock

Portrait of Macklin in profile, facing right. He wears a long black coat, with several rows of buttons down to the hem, and a large white collar. He has shoulder-length dark hair and a pointed beard. He holds a knife and a document with a wax seal. Available on CD 157.

Feb 1787


The Merry wives of Windsor : Mr Henderson as Falstaff

Portrait of Henderson wearing red coat and breeches, a large ruff, leather gloves and boots and a black hat with a white feather. He has white hair and beard. In his left hand he holds a stick, and in his right a piece of paper. Available on CD 157.

Feb 1787


A Midsummer's Night's Dream : Mr Parsons in the Character of Bottom

Portrait of Parsons, facing right with his hands on his stomach. He has a donkey's head and is wearing a blue coat, a white scarf and a leather apron. Available on CD 157.

Feb 1787


The Taming of the Shrew : Mr Woodward in the character of Petruchio

Portrait of Woodward wearing seventeenth-century dress: breeches, a ruff, a black cape, large leather gloves and a brown hat with a red plume. On his right leg he wears a boot with a spur and on his left a shoe with a rosette. In his right hand he holds a whip. Available on CD 157.

Feb 1787


The Winter's Tale : Miss Farren in the Character of Hermione

Portrait of Miss Farren, dressed in a white gown with a train and a gold sash. She is standing on a small dais, and is resting her right arm on a pedestal. Available on CD 157.

Feb 1787


All's well that Ends well : Mr Bannister Junr as Parolles

Portrait of Bannister in profile, wearing a green coat with gold epaulettes, red sash and sword, and carrying a cocked hat with feathers. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1787


As You Like It : Mr King in the Character of Touchstone

Portrait of King dressed in a red and white jester's costume, with red and white 'donkey's ears' on the hat. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1787


[Cymbeline] : Mrs. Inchbald in the character of Imogen

Portrait of Mrs Inchbald wearing man's dress, breeches a long coat with a black trim, and a hat with plumes on top of loose hair. In her right hand she carries a spear. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1787


Hamlet, Prince of Denmark : Mr Kemble in the character of Hamlet

Portrait of Kemble, dressed in black, with a powdered wig, blue sash and red garter. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1787


Julius Caesar : Mr Bensley in the character of Cassius

Portrait of Bensley in profile, facing right. He wears Roman military dress: chain-mail , a short red skirt and long blue cloak. He is wearing bright red boots and has a sword strapped on. He holds out his left hand. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1787


King Henry IV Part I : Mr Smith in the character of Hotspur

Portrait of Smith, in profile, facing left and pointing. He is wearing chain-mail and red breeches. He has brown boots,a red cloak edged with ermine and an ermine ruff. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1787


King Henry IV Part II : Mr Parsons in the Character of Justice Shallow

Portrait of Parsons in profile, facing right and and holding his hands on his stomach. He has a lined face and long white hair. He wears yellow breeches and coat, a white ruff and red cape. On his head he wears a brown hat with a large red feather. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1787


King Henry V : Mr Quick in the character of Pistol

Portrait of Quick dressed in yellow, with a large cocked hat, big black boots and a red cape. He has a small black moustache and beard. He holds a sword in his right hand.

On the verso is a pencil sketch of Quick. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1787


King Henry VI Part II : Mr Wroughton as King Henry

Portrait of Wroughton seated on a throne on a dais. He is leaning forward, one hand on his hip, the other on his knee. He wears a yellow hat, with feathers, black and white striped breeches and a large ruff round his neck. He has a small black beard and moustache. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1787


King Henry VI Part III : Mr Holman in the character of King Edward

Portrait of Holman facing left and brandishing a sword in his right hand. He is wearing green slashed breeches and boots with spurs. Around his neck his has a gold medallion on a pink ribbon and is wearing a cocked hat with plumes. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1787


King Henry VIII : Mr Digges as Cardinal Wolsey

Portrait of Digges looking to the right and holding out his hands. He is wearing white robes with a red mitre and and a long red cloak. He wears a large white collar around his shoulders and his long grey hair is loose. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1787


King John : Mrs Crawford in the Character of Lady Constance

Portrait of Mrs Crawford seated on the ground, facing right. She wears a white dress with a black bodice, and in her hair she has a number of ostrich feathers and a long white veil. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1787


King Lear : Mr Holman in the character of Edgar

Portrait of Holman wearing ragged clothes and a large hat, all apparently covered in straw. With his left hand he holds his clothes around him, and in this right he holds a staff. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1787


Much Ado About Nothing : Mrs. Abington in the Character of Beatrice

Portrait of Mrs Abington in a blue gown with white petticoat and bodice. She has feathers in her hair and in her left hand she holds a mask. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1787


Othello, or the Moor of Venice : Mr Pope in the Character of Othello

Portrait of Pope in profile facing right, wearing a red suit with gold epaulettes and holding a hat. He has darkened his face and hands. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1787


Romeo and Juliet : Mr Lewis in the character of Mercutio

Portrait of Lewis facing left with his right hand outstretched. He wears black breeches, a red and blue coat with gold braiding, a sword and a cocked hat with cockade. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1787


The Tempest : Mr Bannister in the Character of Caliban

Portrait of Bannister dressed completely in fur, with false pointed ears. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1787


Timon of Athens : Mr Barry as Timon

Portrait of Barry wearing a large hat, possibly made of fur, a leopard-skin cape and shoes. He rests his left arm on a spade. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1787


Twelfth Night or What You Will: Mr Dodd in the Character of Sir Andrew Ague Cheek

Portrait of Dodd in profile wearing gold shoes with rosettes, red stockings, gold jacket and feathered three-cornered hat. Available on CD 157.

Mar 1787


Sunday Morning

A street scene in a country town. Groups of people stroll and ride horses. In the background is a building with a sign advertising: 'Hot Rolls, Coffe, Tea &c on the most reasonable te[rms]'.

On the right is an academy with the sign: 'Young Leddies Finisht in thare Iddication'.

On the pavement in front of the buildings are people promenading, children playing on a hobby-horse, a woman selling curds and whey, and a newsboy.

On the road, between the pavement and the buildings, a family ride in a carriage, a man strolls on a horse and another clings to his runaway horse.

On the verso is...



The Black Man of the People

Half length caricature portrait of Charles James Fox in profile, facing right. He is wearing blue and beige and in his left hand he holds a mask.

On the verso is a pencil sketch of a young woman or child wearing a broad-brimmed hat. Available on CD 157.



A Country Town at the Time of the Assizes


A crowded carriage travels from right to left. In the box a man in a three-cornered hat tries to kiss a protesting woman. Six men are seated on the roof of the carriage. One man is waving his hat, one is leaning down to drop a coin in a bystander's hat, another is smoking a pipe. The coach driver and a woman, both in round hats, are seated up front. In the distance figures can be seen standing on a wall and waving. On the right there is a large building, possibly church, with gothic windows and a hexastyle portico surmounted by a clock.


A man in a red cloak...



[Couple on a sofa]

A young man in a blue jacket, red waistcoat, beige trousers and top boots sits asleep on a sofa. His left leg is in the lap of an elegantly dressed young woman wearing a white dress with a blue sash and hair ' á la conseilleur'. To the right of the sofa is a table with a bottle and two glasses, one lying on its side. The young woman is beckoning to a figure standing behind a red curtain to the right of the scene. Available on CD 157.



[A devil carrying Fox]

A fox wearing a blue coat and beige waistcoat is carried to Hell on the shoulders of a large black winged devil, with its hands clasped as if in prayer. The devil grasps the fox with his right hand and with his left points down into a pit of fire in the bottom right-hand corner of the picture. On the ground in front of the devil are a toad and a snake. Available on CD 157.



The Drunken Man & Taylor

On the left stands a tailor wearing breeches, leather apron, a blue jacket and red and white striped cap. He is being grabbed by the neck-cloth by a man in a red jacket and cocked hat, carrying a stick and wearing a sword. They are in a rocky landscape with flames in the background. Available on CD 157.



An Easy Conveyance from London to Paris

A dancer stands on a balloon, in his right hand he holds a hat with streamers and in his left a moneybag. He stands with his left leg at a right angle. The balloon has a balcony around it upon which are moneybags and a violin. Available on CD 157.



[Fox, North and Burke]

A group of three bust portraits of Fox, Burke and North in a circular frame hangs from a branch in an infernal landscape. Fox (left) faces forward, wearing his customary blue coat and tan waistcoat. In the centre Burke wears clerical dress and a Jesuit biretta. On the right, North is depicted in profile in a red coat and blue sash. The 'picture' is suspended by a pink ribbon from a branch which crosses the top left-hand corner of the picture, and another branch, with leaves, descends from the top right-hand corner. A black devil with wings reclines against a rock in the bottom right...



The Honey Moon in Eclipse

A seated couple and a visitor. On the left a man in a red jacket, breeches and red slippers and wig sits with his legs crossed and a newspaper on his lap. To his right his wife sits on another chair, she wears a white dress and a mobcap which covers much of her face. She rests her chin on her left hand. On the far right, standing on front of the door, a man in a bag-wig, blue coat, holding a cane and three-cornered hat holds up his left hand in surprise. A dog stands in the doorway, and another is seated by the chair on the left. Available on CD 157.



Joshua P...e Esq.

Half length portrait of a seated man, facing right. He wears a cream suit and white bob wig. In the background is a landscape behind a draped curtain. He has his hands on his stomach, and is smiling. Available on CD 157.



Lord Chalkstone & Bowman

Scene in a landscape of hills and a lake, and on the right, trees and a lion's head fountain. On the right a man in a red suit , cocked hat , bag wig, carrying a cane and a quizzing glass, walks from left to right. Behind him walks a man in a blue coat, wig with pig-tail and cocked hat. He seems to be helping the first man with his coat. Available on CD 157.



[Man and woman looking at each other]

An old beau and young woman stand looking at each other in a wintry landscape. The man, standing on the left, is wearing red shoes, a blue coat with red collar and lapels, a ruffled cravat, a bag wig and a cocked hat. He has his hands in a dark muff. He is smiling at a demure looking woman in a red dress, pale coat, broad-brimmed hat and pale-coloured muff. Available on CD 158.



[Man with a sword looking at a woman]

A young macaroni looks through an eyeglass at a demure young woman. The macaroni is wearing a pale blue suit, white waistcoat with red spots, a wig with a high toupée and a small cocked hat perched on top. He has a sword strapped to his left side and is holding a very long thin cane in his left hand. He is holding a 'quizzing glass' up to his eye and striding purposefully from left to right towards a shy young woman. She is wearing a pale coloured gown with apron and a French nightcap over an egg-shaped toupée. She faces the macaroni with her hands folded in front of her, and eyes...



Master Charley's Downfall

The politicians Sheridan, Burke and Fox seated on a horse with North's head. Burke is wearing Jesuit dress and Sheridan has a copy of his play 'A School for Scandal' poking out of his pocket. Fox sits in front and holds a whip in his left hand, while North walks down into a ravine. Available on CD 158.



Mr Moses Kean : The Celebrated Mimic

Portrait of Kean, wearing a red coat and a black cocked hat. He has a wooden leg and is leaning on a stick. Available on CD 158.



Mr Quick, Mr Wewitzer and Miss Moss in the Characters of Ancient Pistol, Frenchman and Page in SHAKESPEARS Henry V

A scene from the play. Available on CD 158.



Mrs Jordan in the Character of Priscilla Tomboy : In the Musical Entertainment of The Romp

Portrait of Mrs Jordan standing, facing right, fists raised. She wears a white dress with a large blue sash and red shoes and has her hair loose. Available on CD 158.



Mrs Siddons in the Character of Euphrasia

Half length portrait of Mrs Siddons, in profile, facing left. She wears a white dress with a sash and bands around the sleeves, and a headdress of feathers and a veil. Available on CD 158.



The Modern Cerberus : found on the principles of Pythagores

A large cerberus, or many headed dog, sits with a large collar and chain. Its heads are, from right to left:

Burke, in a Jesuit collar and biretta; Fox, smiling, North, in profile. Behind the cerberus can be seen the jaws of hell, with tiny bodies falling into an inferno. Available on CD 158.



Regardez-moi, Faites Deux Pas, & Puis Pliez

An interior scene. A French dancing master giving a lesson to a couple. On the right a dancing master holds a violin in his left hand and points at the feet of the couple with a bow he holds in his right hand. On the left a couple stand, holding hands, right foot raised. She is wearing a yellow dress with a white apron and blue sash, and he is wearing a red waistcoat and breeches and yellow jacket. Available on CD 158.

30 Oct 1783


Reynard the Fox

Three-quarter length portrait of the Whig politician Charles James Fox. He is wearing a beige jacket and breeches, blue jacket and white ruffle. He is holding a hat and is wearing a bag-wig. His right hand is in his pocket. The drawing is surrounded by drawn picture-frame Available on CD 158.



Sidonian Visages : or the working up of the passions

A study of the audience's reaction during a performance given by the actress Sarah Siddons. The audience is depicted as a sea of faces behind a wooden barrier, with only those at the front differentiated. A lady in a spotted dress at the very front on the left has fainted and is being supported by a men in a red suit, while a man in a blue coat and wig administers smelling salts and a tall thin woman in white looks on from the left. Just behind them a person in a cap is drinking out of a bottle, and to the right of them a man sits, hands folded, with an expression of puzzlement. A woman...



[Street scene with bonfires]

On the far left is a pub with a sign inscribed 'Rodneys Head', beneath a portrait of the admiral with an anchor. Above the door of the pub is a sign which reads 'FOREIGN SPIRITS' and a model of a bunch of grapes hangs from a bracket above it. On the right-hand side of the picture is a rushlight tallow chandlers, with a sign above the shop window, and a large 'R ' illuminated with candles on the bracket above the sign. To the left of the chandlers, one street back, is a coffee-house. All of the shops have candles in every window and along the sign brackets. There is a large bonfire...



[Woman holding a mask]

Three-quarter length portrait of a young woman in theatrical dress. Her dress has long, puffed sleeves and a ruff ending in points. In her right hand she holds a small trumpet, and in her raised left hand a grinning mask. Available on CD 158.



[Woman reading]

A young woman in profile, seated on a bench, reading. She is wearing a pink dress with a bustle, and three-quarter length sleeves. She is wearing a white apron, a white collar fastened with a gold brooch and a white lace cap. In her right hand she holds a small red book and her left hand is in her lap. To the left there is a landscape of rolling hills and on the right what looks like a tree trunk. Available on CD 158.



Long Faces : or the appearance of the National Assembly after the King's Escape

On the right a man in a bag-wig, glasses and blue sash stands in a pulpit talking to the assembled representatives.

Below him are fifteen heads, all wearing powdered wigs. Some are looking up at the speaker, others are looking down; several have their eyes closed. There are also at least five heads lightly pencilled in. Available on CD 158.



Billy Taking Time by the Fore-Lock

William Pitt wrestling with Father Time. On the left of the picture Pitt stands in a red coat, beige breeches, blue stockings and bag wig. In his pocket is a paper marked 'BUDGET', and in his left hand is another paper marked 'TAX on CLOCKS and WATCHES'. He is grabbing the hair of Old Father Time with his right hand, and says:

"Now I have you safe you Old Miscreant. - When Light, and the rest of your associates have been so long in a state of requisition, how could you possibly think to escape."

The figure of Time is on one knee, with hands clasped, saying: "O! - that ever I should live...



A Grand Battle Between the Irish Hen and the English Bantam

Pitt, on the right in a white shirt and yellow breeches, boxes with Erin, personified as a young woman in a white dress with long red hair. Above Erin, St Patrick leans down from the clouds wearing his mitre and holding his crozier, in order to crown her with a wreath of laurels. Behind both Pitt and Erin stand bottle-holders; Pitt's is young and wears a green jacket and red breeches. Erin's bottle-holder wears yellow breeches and waistcoat and a blue jacket and has a drink-mottled complexion.

Behind Erin's bottle-holder a man dressed all in brown applauds, whilst behind Pitt's bottle...



Characters in the Country

Three preparatory drawings for prints illustrating various typical country characters.



Sketch 7 : The Doctor

A doctor in a bob-wig sits on the left and takes the pulse of his patient, one the right, who wears a spotted handkerchief tied over his head. Available on CD 158.



Sketch 8 : The Tax-Gatherer

A tax-gatherer, with a paper in his hand marked 'Triple Asses. Tax Income Tax', bows to a seated old woman, wearing glasses, mobcap and old-fashioned dress. A cat looks out from behind the old woman's chair and above the bowing tax-gatherer is a small bird in a cage. Available on CD 158.



Sketch 12 : The Rider from London

A foppishly dressed commercial traveller shows a book of patterns to a draper. Behind them are shelves stacked with bales of cloth and a figure rolling out cloth on the counter. A large dog and a small dog stand at the feet of the salesman. Available on CD 158.



A Bachant

Half length portrait of a young woman holding a goblet in a circular frame. The woman is wearing a white dress with a gold sash, puffed sleeves over long white sleeves and a black ribbon round her throat. In her right hand she holds a large golden goblet at head height, and she is looking towards the bottom right-hand corner. She has her hair loose with vine leaves entwined in it. The portrait is enclosed within two circles, the larger of which is decorated around the top half with a neo-classical edging and surmounted with a pink bow. Available on CD 158.



[Bearded man with cane]

A portrait of a Jewish man standing facing forward, his face in profile. He wears all black, including a long black coat. He wears a large white collar and a round red hat. He is bearded and wears a round red hat, gloves and carries and long cane in his right hand, whilst gesturing with his left hand. Available on CD 158.



[Couple with two children]

The woman, on the right wears a red cape, head-scarf and ragged apron. She has a basket over one arm and is holding out a piece of something, possibly paper. She has linked arms with her husband who is wearing a fur hat and apron and has a staff in one hand. In front of them, and slightly to the left, stand a boy and a girl. The girl is holding a red cape around her, the little boy holds a hat in one hand, and with his other hand is touching his mouth. In the background there are bare trees. Available on CD 158.



The Distress'd Curate

An interior scene. A fat parson, wearing a bob-wig sits, in profile, listening to the thin curate plead his case. Available on CD 158.




A gravedigger is frightened by a monster appearing on top of a tomb. The gravedigger, on the left, wears a blue coat, red neck scarf and round hat. In his left hand he holds a lantern and a spade has fallen from his right hand. A pick lies on the ground between his feet. The monster, sitting on a tomb on the right, is white, with a dog-like face, pointed teeth, yellow eyes and human ears. Its body is doubled-up and instead of arms it has small wings. It is night-time and the gravedigger's lantern shines with a yellow light. Available on CD 158.



[Gravedigger and human ghost]

On the left a white-robed ghost with a human face and visible ribs rises out of an open grave. It is watched by a grave-digger on the right, who holds a lantern in his right hand and a spade in his left. A full moon shines from between black clouds. Available on CD 158.



An Indefatigable Author : or An Idea in the Night

An interior scene. An author in a large white shirt, red breeches, red slippers and a red nightcap and glasses sits at a small three-legged table writing with a quill pen. Behind him can be seen the green curtains of a bed. To the right of the table stands a yawning man, probably the author's servant. He wears a white shirt and beige breeches, and over his left shoulder he has a blue jacket, possibly with shoulder knots indicating he is a footman. In his right hand he holds a candle, and on the table there is an inkpot. Available on CD 158.



A Jugler

An interior scene of a conjuror and his audience. An audience of six sit in two rows behind a wooden barrier on the left. On the right the conjuror (three-quarter length) stands behind a table on which have been placed three up-turned cups and two lighted candles. In his right hand he holds a magic wand which he taps on the middle cup. He is wearing a bob wig, red waistcoat and brown jacket. The room is lit by a candelabra. Available on CD 158.



[Drawings for 'Excuse us if you please Sir']

Two versions of the same drawing. On the left a man in a blue suit and bag wig bows, pointing his right foot. He holds what might be a quizzing glass in his left hand. At his side stand two companions, both in suits and wigs. Facing the bowing man is a stocky bald man in breeches and a red waistcoat. He his holding his fists up. Behind him stands a companion, who is holding his coat.



[Excuse us if you please Sir] [Sketch 1]

In this version the drawing is contained within a border. The bald man with raised fists on the right is wearing shoes and white stockings, and the character on the left has a black bag wig. His companion, who stands with his arms at his side, fingers splayed, is wearing buckled shoes and white stockings. Available on CD 158.



[Excuse us if you please Sir] [Sketch 2]

This version does not have a border around the drawing. The second of the man's companions is wearing very large 'milk-churn boots', instead of buckled shoes as in D5459/1/72/1, which may indicate that the group on the left are French. The bald man in this version is wearing brown gaiters over his stockings. Available on CD 158.



[Man holding dog on leash]

Portrait of man wearing breeches, a cape, white ruff and a large hat. He holds a stick in one hand and the lead of a seated dog in the other. Available on CD 158.



[Man with dog]

Portrait of a young man facing to the right. He is wearing a long brown coat and has a long stick and a roll of what might be paper under his right arm. A small dog stands next to his left leg. Available on CD 158.



A Shadow of the Times

A fop dressed in the extremes of 1780s fashion. He faces forward, with his head in profile. He is wearing stockings of vertical blue and white stripes, a waistcoat of horizontal blue and white stripes and a frock-coat of vertical red and white stripes. His coat has a very large brown stand-fall collar, and his long, beige, high-fitting breeches have ribbon ties at the bottom and red braces, or gallowses. He is wearing top-boots with spurs and on his head he wears pig-tail queue and round hat with a high crown. In his right hand he holds a very slender cane. Available on CD 158.



Mirth : or the Spirit of Chearfulness

A fairy with a wand and spotted wings gestures towards a large man seated in a striped armchair.

The man is wearing a red unbuttoned waistcoat, white cravat, breeches and buckled shoes. Over his waistcoat he wears a spotted morning gown, and a night-cap on his head. He has his hands resting on his protruding stomach, and is smiling. Available on CD 158.




Portrait of a man in court dress wearing a sash and the order of the garter and a ceremonial sword. In his left hand he holds a piece of paper on which is written: '[Annual] pension of £10 000 per annum.' (Annual has been lightly crossed-out).

He is pointing to the paper with his right hand and smiling. Above him is written: "We are very well as we are". Available on CD 158.




Three men seated around a table in various degrees of drunkenness. On the left a man, wearing slippers, red breeches and red and brown morning coat and red cap, sits back in his chair. In his right hand he holds a long pipe, which he is smoking contentedly, and in the left hand, which is resting on the table is a glass. A candle burns by his arm. The second man sits to the right of the table with his legs crossed and his right elbow resting on the table. A punch-bowl and glass sit near his arm. He is wearing a green-grey coat, black breeches and a wig and he is smoking a pipe. The...



Stale Virginity

Caricature portraits (half length) of a seated woman and a young man. The woman is in profile to the right and wears a dark dress, with bustle and ruffled 'buffon' at her neck, and a mobcap. In her left hand she holds a fan. The young man on the right faces her. He is wearing a red coat with gold shoulder knots, a pigtail wig and holds a hat and cane. Available on CD158.



The Suspicious Porter

On the left a thin man bows, facing right. He wears a coat with cut-away tails a wig with a long queue and large milk-churn boots. A greyhound and another small dog stand behind him. Standing in the doorway on the right is a porter in a pink livery with his hands in his pockets. A small dog is standing behind him.

On the verso is a pencil sketch of a poodle. Available on CD 158.



Extreme Politeness

An interior scene. On the left a thin man stands in breeches, blue and white striped stockings, black shoes with rosettes, a red coat and white shirt with many ruffles. He is holding a hat and has a pigtail queue. His left leg is bent and he is pointing his right foot in front of him and is bending over as if dancing. Facing him is a short fat man wearing black buckled shoes a blue coat and a bob wig. His knees are bent and he is looking at the thin man. This may be a dancing lesson. Available on CD 158.



To the Honble Society of Anti-queer-ones

A group of antiquarians sit at a table, looking at a cracked chamber pot. One the left a old man wearing glasses, a red checked coat and a red cap over his grey hair, has a book open in front of him. A man in a long physical wig and glasses looks over his shoulder at the book. In the centre a man with red hair and a man wearing a white scarf rest their heads on their hands and examine the pot. On the right, a man in a red coat and bob wig has one hand supporting his head, and the other rests on an open book. His eyes are closed. Behind them, a man in a bob-wig is examining a diagram...



[Young family sitting down]

A domestic scene of a young family with pets. The husband, wearing breeches, and red and white striped waistcoat blue coat and bag-wig is seated in a chair. In his right hand he is holding a book, which he is reading, and he holds his wife's hand in his left. She is also seated, and wears a pale pink dress and a mobcap with a blue ribbon. She is looking at her husband, and on her lap is seated a small child in a white dress and red shoes. On the floor to the left of the man a tabby cat appears to be grooming a dog.

The scene takes place in a pleasant room. Light shines in through a...



Closet Reflections

An interior scene. Marie Antoinette sits in a red chair next to a table covered in a red cloth, upon which are a crucifix and rosary beads. In her right hand she holds a book inscribed 'Burke on the French Revolution' and she holds out her left hand to a portrait of Burke on the wall. Burke holds a scroll of paper in his right hand, on which is written 'Sublime and Beautiful'.

Behind the queen are a red curtain and a picture pinned to the wall. The picture is titled 'Death and the Lady', in reference to the traditional English song of the same name, and beneath a drawing of Death...



[Young man with a walking stick]

Portrait of a young man, walking left to right, wearing buckled shoes, tattered breeches, a blue coat and what appears to be a bicorn hat with cockade. He has his eyes closed and his carrying a large stick under his right arm. Available on CD 158.



[Drawings for Decorative Borders]

Preliminary drawings for printed decorative borders also in the Woodward Collection.



[A man and a woman talking]

A woman in a yellow gown stands on the left talking to her husband who is wearing a yellow suit and red waistcoat and has his hands behind his back. Available on CD 158.



With martial music - rend the air!

A Lilliputian military band of six musicians play the drums, horn, whistle and what appears to be the maracas. The four central figures are wearing cocked hats with plumes, the figures on either side appear to be wearing turbans. Available on CD 158.



[A woman milking a cow]

On the left two men stand discussing a tea garden. On the right a Lilliputian woman sits milking a cow while a Lilliputian man looks on. Available on CD 158.



"How sweet in the woodlands"

A Lilliputian hunting couple with bows and arrows and dogs. Available on CD 158.



[Two women, one in a ball gown]

A woman in a white empire-line dress, talking to another woman in a full court dress and feathers. Available on CD 158.



A Character at Lloyd's Coffee House

An old man in half profile, his back to the spectator. He wears black stockings, a mustard-coloured coat, a broad-brimmed round hat, glasses and a physical wig. He has a cane in his right hand. Available on CD 158.

Apr 1801


[Drawings for the 'Prayers' series]

Preliminary drawings for two prints in the 'Prayers' series, published by Ackermann in 1801.



[The Female Gambler's Prayer]

Portrait of a large woman kneeling, in profile, facing a chair on the right. She wears a white dress with short sleeves, gold bracelet, necklace and earrings. Her dark hair is loose and she wears three ostrich feathers. Available on CD 158.



[The Miser's Prayer ]

Portrait of a balding man with pigtail and ragged clothes, kneeling, hands clasped, facing right. He is facing a faintly-drawn chair upon which is a lit candle. Available on CD 158.



A Peep in the City

Two seated men cry into their handkerchiefs, while the Lord Mayor, standing on the right, tries to comfort them. The figure on the left is facing left. He is wearing a pale blue suit and is holding a cane in one hand, and is handkerchief in the other. A brown and white dog sits at his feet. He says:

"I wont be serv'd so - that I wont - my Mamma never serv'd me so - she always let me have as much custard as I could eat - aye and currant jelly too, I wont bear it that I wont."

The next man sits with his back to him. He is wearing yellow breeches and a purple coat and

is also holding a...

20 Apr 1802


Ambassadors Homeward Bound

Two carriages, both containing diplomats, pass each other on the road. The carriage on the right contains the English ambassador; he wears a blue coat and a round hat and is smiling. The pair of galloping horses are driven by a rider wearing top boots, mustard-coloured breeches, a short red coat and a black jockeys cap. He too is smiling. The coach on the left is marked 'F.R.' and contains a depressed looking French ambassador, wearing a red coat edged with gold and a bicorn hat with a revolutionary cockade. The horse is walking and is ridden by an equally glum coachman wearing a red...

18 May 1803


Master Boney presenting his little gunboats to the National Institute

On the left Napoleon, wearing white breeches and a blue coat decorated with red and gold, bows holds out two small gunboats, one of which has a French flag and is inscribed 'Launchd at Paris. 1803'. He says to the three assembled men: "There gentlemen - look at these - England must now fall." A man in a green suit and powdered tie-wig examines one of the boats with an eyeglass and replies: "O Wonderful Man - efforts like these must command success - yes- yes - this shall make England tremble!". To the right of him, a man in a powdered tie-wig and pink jacket shrugs his shoulders...

Sep 1803


The Hole in the Wall

Charles James Fox , wearing a blue smock-like garment, beige breeches, and a striped revolutionary bonnet and cockade stands cowering with a club marked 'OPOSITION' (sic) in his right hand. To his right is a wall labelled 'CONSTITUTION', with a large hole through which a long-necked William Pitt is poking his head and saying 'PE BOO CHARLY'. Available on CD 158.



[Pencil Drawings 1800-1809]

Undated pencil drawings. Where possible, drawings have been assigned dates according to their subject matter.



John Bull at the Puppet Shew

On the left William Pitt (1759-1806), as puppet master is controlling puppets on a small stage. On the right Henry Dundas (1742-1811), in full Scottish dress and holding bagpipes, is addressing John Bull, who is sitting in the audience. John Bull says:

"Come, come that won't do, would you make me believe those little gentlemen move of their own accord - no - no I can't stand that."

Dundas replies:

"I assure you Mr Bull, there is no deception, - all fair and above board - there is no one behind the scenes I assure you".

On the wall is a sign announcing

'SCHEME of the New Puppet Dance'




The Decoy Duck : or the Drake Outwitted

A man with a duck's head, surrounded by moneybags, crouches down on the banks of the 'Consular Pond'. He addresses a duck in the reeds on the other side of the pond:

"If I thought all was safe I should like to dabble a while in this pond, _ I have a great mind to swim across! _ but O my dear friend M.D.L. _ if you should turn out a decoy duck after all".

The duck in the reeds replies:

"Oh dear Mr Drake - I wonder how you can fancy such a thing - don't leave your money bags behind you - depend upon it all goes swimmingly".

Behind him can be seen a number of figures, including one who...



The New Procession to St Stephens

William Pitt and members of his second Administration (1804 - 1806) process into Parliament, where they are met by Fox and two others who attempt to blow them away.

From left to right:

Demons playing trumpets and crying: "He comes - He comes - The Giant comes", pass under the arch where Fox and his friends are waiting. They are followed by more demons, one of whom is shouting: "New taxes for ever - New taxes for ever", and another of whom is carrying a large stone marked 'BUDGET Ways and Means'.

Pitt, his heads in clouds inscribed 'Heaven Born', is carried on the shoulders of Henry...



The School of Reform : or the Abbot of St Stephens Seminary

Charles James Fox holds Dundas on his back while Whitbread beats him with a scourge labelled 'Whitbreads Intire'. Dundas protests:

"What the Deel are you at mon - I only made use of a few sugar plumbs".

A frightened-looking William Pitt cries: "I'm afraid it is what we must all come to!!," whilst Speaker Abbot, with a switch labelled 'casting Vote 'on the table before him, adds:

"That's right usher. - Spare the rod, you spoil the child". Available on CD 158.



The Excisemens' Visit to John Bulls Cellar!!

The chancellor of the exchequer Lord Henry Petty (1780-1863), on the left, and Charles James Fox , in the centre, visit John Bull, on the right.

Petty says:

"I'm well assur'd Mr Bull, that you have some very strong ale on your cellar, and we must have an account of it"

John Bull replies:

"I tell you I have nothing but small beer _ I am very sorry indeed that you should you turn Excisemen and Informer in your old age, as to your clerk, there I'm not surprised at it _ he is a very young man."

Behind John Bull are barrels labelled 'Genuine October' and 'Strong Home Brew'd'. A dog standing...



John Bulls last Jug of Home Brew'd

A man sits, holding a pitcher, lamenting the demise of home-brewing:

"In short neighbours I must give over brewing - here is an end of my pitcher of ale, which my passing friend, and thirsty traveller were ever welcome to. - here is an end of that substantive beverage in which the labours of the day were forgotten beneath the alder bush, or the tranquil shade of the apple tree."

On the left sits a traveller, holding a staff, with a dog at his feet. On the right is an old man wearing glasses, reading a paper on which is written 'Tax on private brewing', while a maid servant looks over his...



A Petty Intruder : or the Washer-Womans Remonstrance

An angry washer-woman remonstrates with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Henry Petty (1780-1863):

"How dare you show your face in my cellar - you little petty intruder - a tax on private brewing - I say it is a tax on female servants - I have lost my place through it, and now I am obliged to do what I can for a living. . - The next thing I suppose will be a Tax on private washing, and I must be obliged to take out a licence for the use of my tub."

Petty replies:

"Don't be in such a passion - it is not my fault, I only did as I was bid". Available on CD 158.



The Return

A scene of Scottish celebration. Henry Dundas stands on a balcony on the left, before a banner proclaiming 'Honorably Acquitted', wearing a cockade which reds Not Guilty. He shouts: "Now - Wha' Wants Me", to the crowd below. They are drinking, dancing and feasting.

One sings: "When Johnny comes marching home again Tol - Lol". Another cries: "I knew he was nae guilty". A man standing next to a barrel marked 'Intire Butt', says: "Did you ever know a Scotsman do any thing wrong - except staying at home in the north without trying his fortune in the south".

A man seated at a table lifts...



Sherry's Lamentation

The parliamentary candidate Paull stands, arm raised, proclaiming: "I do not say one thing and do another. No Hocus - Pocus tricks! No political Legerdemain!!" Sheridan kneels, on the floor, hands clasped, a paper inscribed 'The Election or a plot for a Pantomime', in his pocket, saying : "Paull - Paull, why persecutest thou me?" Available on CD 158.



The Crises : or John Bull recovering from his Lethargy!!

John Bull lies in bed surrounded by various politicians, suggesting remedies.

From left to right:

Henry Addington holding a 'Composing Draught', says

"Come Johnny you know your doctor - do take a little medicine".

John Bull, who declares

"I tell you - you are all alike. Where is my regimentals - I see enough before my eyes to rouse me to exertion."

Canning: "Here Johnny are some charming jests and epigrams to amuse you - I wrote them myself for the Anti - Jacobin".

Possibly Sheridan :"The best way is to let down the curtains he has too much light."

Grenville: "Johnny take a little broad...



The Dismissal : or a scene altered from Shakespeare

On the left George III points to the 'Catholic Bill' in Grenville's hand and says:

"Read that, and then to breakfast with what appetite you may". Grenville replies:

"Farewell, a long farewell to all my greatness".

Sheridan, on the right, adds:

"This is the state of man: to-day he puts forth his tender leaves of hopes; to-morrow blossoms - the third day comes a frost, a killing frost." Available on CD 158.



The Monstrous Craw and the Pastry Cook : or the Tables Turned

On the left a figure in military uniform, with a cockade which reads 'No Popery', stands hands on hips and says:

"Now Mr Craw - what do you say to the volunteers. Give in without firing a musquet. - Oh for shame - am I Col. Pattypan now? - I wonder you are not abashed at looking a military pastry cook in the face!!"

He addresses this to a man in military uniform with a huge chin labelled 'Military Honors from Buenos Ayres ', who looks abashed and replies:

"I must own I was a little too severe on you gentlemen Volunteers - but I assure you, though I did not fire, I did not run away...



The Old Irish Horse rather restive

A man sits on a bucking horse, which is saying "Erin go brahe" (i.e. bragh - Ireland forever). The man says:

"What an unruly animal. Why cant you be quiet - I'm sure the gentlemen don't mean to hurt you."

Lying on the ground to the right of the horse are three men, one says:

"His ways are more difficult to study than French grammar", another says: "I never met with such an animal - never easy - full nor fasting". The last has a paper in his hand inscribed 'Worn out Briefs', and says: "Down-Down-Down Derry Down". Available on CD 158.



A Prussian Cake!!

Frederick-Wilhelm III of Prussia (1770-1840) sits astride a cake decorated with soldiers and the double-headed eagle, saying:

"What a cunning hand I must be - pretend to fight and not fight at all. - Snugs the word - cunning little Isaac"

Napoleon looks on from the right, and says:

"I think it shall not be long before I shall pick a few plumbs from that cake".

On the left, a figure in a crown and sceptre, possibly the Tsar, says to another crowned figure:

"It is a tempting cake - and if we mind what we are about, we shall all come in for a slice". Available on CD 158.



The Giant of Spain alarming Tom Thumb!!

A giant wielding a club marked 'Club of Patriotism' chases a tiny Napoleon over the 'Pyrennean Mountains'. Napoleon, carrying a club marked 'Club of Despotism', says:

"Zounds, here he comes with his Seven League Boots, - I must mind he does not overtake me - what a fierce looking fellow it is!!!" Available on CD 158.



A Hew and Cry

Britannia cries into a handkerchief, on the floor are her shield and a piece of paper inscribed

'Condition of the Portugal Convention'. She says:

"O Woeful day for Britannia - but this is not the first time I have suffer'd by Scotchmen!!"

On the left is General Sir Hew Dalrymple (1750-1830), who asks:

"What the deel are you snivelling at lassie. Do you think a Frenchman shall beat a Scotsman in politeness?!" Available on CD 158.



King Joe Drumm'd out of Spain : to the tune of the Rogues March!

Joseph Bonaparte, a rope round his neck, is followed by two men playing drums and two playing pipes. Bonaparte has his hands clasped and is saying:

"O Nap - Nap - you have been the ruin of me!"

They are watched by a smiling John Bull-like character in naval dress, who says:

"That's right my Hearties drum away - Don't spare him - d___ me but I wish we had him along side of Bow Street Office, under tow of Master Townshend - I think it would go hard with him, at the Old Bailey!!" Available on CD 158.



John Bull in Portugal : or Junot in the Dumps

On the right John Bull in uniform, berates a seated Junot: "What you are pretty sick of it are you Mr Jew - Knotty, you though John Bull could do nothing out of his Element. What a fine Fellow you must be to tell the Foreign-neers here to keep in their houses, and the leave the English to you if they should dare to approch [sic] - I wonder you arent ashamed of yourself." Available on CD 158.



Bonaparte's Evil Genius giving him a Taste of the Danube

On the right Austria is personified as a military man with a moustache, spewing the Danube on to Napoleon, who reaches for his hat, and protests:

"I was never is such as shower bath before - I must take care or I shall be over - whelm'd." Available on CD 158.



Design for a Statue: intended to be erected in Downing Street

A statue of a balding man with a pointed nose. He faces right and in his right hand he holds a scroll. The inscription on the base of the statue reads:

'Erected by Voluntary Subscription : With part of the materials :That form'd the ever to be : remember'd :Stone Expedition :In honor of :The : Ingenious Inventor : Of that : Glorious Enterprize' Available on CD 158.



Naughty Boys giving in their Resignations

Canning on the left and Castlereagh on the right, bow to the King in the centre, while handing in their resignations.

George III protests:

"What, what, going to shoot one another. I am a plain Country Gentleman and don't approve of it, if you must shoot go and shoot Buonaparte."

Canning replies:"But when my honor is considered", while Castlereagh laments: "That it should come to this!! Farewell ye bed of roses". Available on CD 158.



The Passion Flower of The City : Blighted by an Easterly Wind

A flower with a human face, weeps. On the right the east wind blasts the flower with a gust of 'Popular Censure'. On the ground in front of it are crossed swords. Available on CD 158



The Arch-duke Charles and his Corsican Crocodile!!

The archduke, wearing a cocked hat holds a chain attached to the collar of a crocodile. The crocodile is wearing a crown and crying.

The archduke announces:

"This ladies and gentlemen, is the real Corsican Crocodile, -_ lately caught on the banks of the Danube, _ he is very fond of wandering _ only observe his tears, he is a complete deception, _ what is very extraordinary an old hat he wore on the Island of Corsica, is changed to an Imperial Crown but lately it has been observed to be tottering." Available on CD 158.



Bonaparte and Leland the Astronomer

On the left the French astronomer Joseph-Jérôme Lefrançais de Lalande (1732 - 1807) looks through a telescope and announces:

"Bégar me have discovered une grande island in de moon."

Napoleon, standing to the right replies:

"But Leland I am before hand with you - I knew what would happen, and have just sent up a King to take possession of it!!!"

On the far right is the moon, and flying towards it is a king with a crown and sceptre in a balloon. Available on CD 158.



Britannia's Exhortation: or More Work for John Bull

Britannia stands, spear in hand, shield by her feet, pointing to 'The Cave of Corruption', in which are rocks labelled 'Places', 'Pensions', 'Secret Influence', and 'Contractor-ship'.

She exhorts John Bull:

"Your labours John, are but half-begun, you must now clean out that cave!"

John Bull, sat on the right with a mop and bucket and replies:

"That will be a hard job I fear however if that must be the case mistress, I must buy a New Mop, for the old one be nearly worn out with the last bout." Available on CD 158.



The Cryer!!!

A large man in a cocked hat asks the crier:

"Why do you stand idling there Bellman? Why don't you cry?"

The town crier, who has a bell in one hand and a small dog standing at his feet, replies:

"I cant cry to day your Honor - My wife is dead!!!" Available on CD 158.



The Dilemma: a Scene in the Beggars Opera

A young man stands between Henry Addington on the left and Henry Dundas on the right and says:

"Which way shall I turn me? - how can I decide. Tis this way - or that way - or which way you will. What would please this friend- 'tother friend would take ill."

Addington replies:

"Unless to me you trust restore, I'll Doctor for you sir, no more"

While Dundas adds:

"In pity - soften thy decree, Nor let me cry - Ah - Wha wants me" Available on CD 158.



The Empress Josephine and the Queen of Spain : or Royal Politeness

Josephine, a large woman wearing a crown and holding a sceptre, berates the Queen of Spain:

"How dare you come before our presence did you not acknowledge yourself to be a woman of a certain description - how can you talk to a woman of my virtue - you said your husband was a cuckold and your children all Bastards - O fie for shame."

Queen of Spain, on the right, holds out her arms, and bowing slightly replies:

"Madam on the word of a queen - it is all fudge." Available on CD 158.



Equestrian Promenade in Smithfield

Against a background of Georgian terraces and a grander building with a portico, four corinthian columns and Venetian window over an entrance arch, amateur horse-riders struggle with their mounts. In the foreground, at the left a young man has been thrown. Next to him a small dog barks at the horses. On the right, a group of men, most of whom wear the round hats and long trousers typical of the period 1800-1810, are examining a horse's legs. Available on CD 158.



The Expedition Fly Overturned : or Caution in Politics

In the background a small coach, marked 'Expedition Fly' has lost a wheel. Two men discuss the accident. One, in a tall round-hat, says:

"Why John, there be the Exposition Fly overturned opposite St James's Gate. Why dost not thee lend a hand? - They say they have made a pretty kettle of fish of it."

The other man, standing with his hands in his pockets, replies:

"I tell thee what Bill… - Feather always said to I, never trouble thy head about state affairs." Available on CD 158.



The Great Book open'd!! : or John Bull more puzled than ever

John Bull bends over to read a giant book, listing all the necessary reforms. The list begins 'Reformation in the Navy, Reformation in the Clergy' and ends 'Reformation in Ourselves.' The book is supported by a man, above whose head is written 'The Genius of Britain.'

John Bull comments

"Mercy on me - here is a pretty piece of business cut out - how the devil shall I get through it all - Doomsday Book is a little Primmer [sic] compared to it." Available on CD 158.



Hints for Irish Members - previous to the Union!!

Four men, three of whom are wearing coats, breeches and buckled shoes, announce their intentions on entering parliament. From left to right:

A tall man in glasses, standing in profile with one hand raised and the other in his pocket announces:

"What is your Lincolns Inn Fields, Leicester Fields and all you Fields besides but a parcel of waste land, that ought to be turned to profit - Jontlemen, while I have breath, I will always stand up for the universal cultivation of potatoes."

A wild-looking man stands feet apart, one hand on his hip, the other in the air:

"I stand up for the rights...



John Bull rather shy of his Peace Pudding

On the right of the table is seated John Bull, a large man wearing a cap on his head. He has a pained expression and is holding up a fork to his open mouth on which is a piece of pudding labelled 'Separate Peace with Russia' on his fork, and complains:

"It is D____d tough to be sure, - I shall never be able to digest it. Hollo you Whipper Snapper, you may take it back again, - you have kept all the best for yourself."

Napoleon stands the left of the table on which is a huge pudding, parts of which are labelled 'Realities for Boney' and 'Promises for John Bull'. Under his arm is a piece...



John Bulls Surprise or The New Political Fandango

John Bull, an old man with a mottled complexion and wearing a bob wig, looks on in shock at Charles James Fox dancing a 'political fandango' with other politicians, and says:

"What the devil are they all about now? Why Charley you old brains turned for sartain - do you know what company you are got among."

The politicians are, from the left:

1) A large man with a double chin, wearing glasses and a bag wig. He has his hands on his hips and one foot is raised. Possibly George Nugent-Temple- Grenville,1st Marquess of Buckingham.

2) A large man with curly, cropped hair - not identified...



The Match Woman : or The Hardness of the Times!!

A young woman, wearing a mob cap, takes a bundle of matches from an old match woman and says:

"You sell your matches very dear. I us'd to have three such bundles for a halfpenny."

The match woman, who is old and wrinkled, and carries a basket over her arm, replies:

Ah, that was before the Scarcity - 'tis all owing to the War my dear. - Timber - is scarcely to be got for love or money!! Available on CD 158.



The Napoleon Fishery

On the left Napoleon sits on a river bank fishing. His bait is labelled 'Partition of the Continent', and he dangles it in front of a fish wearing a crown, saying:

"That Russian Bear begins to nibble, finally I think I shall hook him at last."

Behind Napoleon are containers labelled 'Corsican Jar for Fish Caught Alive', 'Bushels of Promises', 'Baits of Various Descriptions', 'Lots of Stolen Territory', 'Bait for Gudgeons', 'T[…]ing Tackle'. Available on CD 158.



[…] Ministry or The New Paymasters First Levee

Richard Brinsley Sheridan stands surrounded by creditors. A smiling tradesmen in an apron says:

"I knew we should be paid at last - nothing like patience."

Another, in reference to a lengthy bill he is scrutinising, says: "It is very long to be sure. I am almost ashamed to give it in, but it has been a long while standing."

A man holding a piece of paper says to Sheridan:

"I hear you Honor is made Pay Master. I have therefore brought in a small Bill of Fifty pounds, for Thunder and Lightning."

Sheridan replies:

"I tell you good people - 'tis no such thing - its all a Hoax depend...



The Plough in Danger

A horse harnessed to a plough is bucking. On his back is sat William Pitt the Younger, writing in book marked 'Tax'. The farmer comments:

"Rabbit it - if there beant Measter Billy on th' back of the ould Mear - going to tax her mayhap - I thought she would not wince about so for nothing. Dang it - if that Billy beant here and there and everywhere. He be worse than the fairies!!"

Available on CD 159.



Political Smokers

Three sketchily drawn characters sit smoking pipes.

The most visible of the figures, in the centre, comments:

"So sir - we are to have an eleventh report - I understand."

The figure on the left replies:

"So I am informd Sir - when I become visible I'll enter more fully upon the subject"

The figure on the right adds:

"I thought they would continue to smoke 'em."

Available on CD 159.



A Scotch Jig : to an old tune - New Reviv'd !! ; Being the first thing of its kind since the days of Queen Elizabeth

On the left Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville dances, while a seated man with a mottled complexion on the right, probably meant to be John Bull, plays the fiddle.

In the pocket of the fiddle player is a paper on which is written: 'A New Way to Pay Old Debts', a play by Philip Massinger (1584-1639). The fiddle player sings 'Over the Water to Charley', a traditional Jacobite song. Available on CD 159.



Wet Parsons!!

Three parsons wearing bob wigs sit round a table upon which are glasses and bottles. They are drinking and smoking pipes. The first says:

"I say Bretheren - we are pretty fellows to preach against tippling", another replies:

"Tippling you call it, do you? Now I call it d----d hard drinking!!!" There are bottles strewn on the floor and a dog sleeps under a chair on the right.

Available on CD 159.



Will you come to the Bower?

A man, wearing top boots, a buttoned coat and a hat tied on with a scarf, gestures towards a 'bower' above which are hung a pair of breeches and says: "Will you come to the bower I have shaded for you. Our bed shall be roses all spangled with dew."

The woman, wearing a diamond-pattern petticoat, a gown which she is holding up off the ground, and hat tied on with a scarf, has arm through that of the man. She looks down demurely, replying:

"Dear Sir - spare my blushes - I was the rain was over!"

Available on CD 159.



Amateurs & Professionals

On the right stands a young man in red breeches and coat, a long black gown and black cocked hat. He is holding his hands up in surprise and is letting a mask fall from his right hand. On the right is a hideous old woman in a white dress and pink hat, both decorated with flowers. She is holding a shepherd's crook in one hand and in the other she holds a mask. In the background there is a faintly drawn chair and two mirror-sconces on the wall. Available on CD 159.



May the Crozier Prevail o'er the Sword

A seated bishop in robes, long wig and mitre. He holds a goblet in his right hand, his left arm is outstretched and he casts his eyes upwards.

Available on CD 159.




Half length portrait of a yawning clown. He wears a yellow jacket with large red buttons on the front and the cuff, and a yellow hat with a red feather. Available on CD 159.



[Lilliputian Characters]

Three drawings of Lilliputian characters.



Brusellicus : a Lilliputian Soldier

Caricature portrait of a Lilliputian soldier. He wears a bearskin hat with a skull-and-crossbones peak and carries a musket. He has two wooden legs, an arm missing and a bandage over one eye. Available on CD 159.



Colliander : a Lilliputian Negro servant

Caricature portrait of a Lilliputian figure. She wears a white dress, with a red and white striped sash, cape and shoes, and a cap with lace flaps over the ears. Available on CD 159.



Pattenica Truallaria : and little Roarella, a Lilliputian soldier's wife & child

Caricature portrait of a Lilliputian woman wearing red and yellow and a large red and yellow hat, holding a crying baby. Available on CD 159.



[Man and woman in a church]

An interior scene. On the left a man dressed in black with powdered loose hair, kneels. His hat is on the floor and he stretches one hand out to a woman on the right. She is standing, dressed in white, and is covering, or uncovering, her face with a veil. Available on CD 159.



[Man in bed being stabbed]

Interior scene, of a room with broken windows and a pile of hay. A man lies in bed on the left and is stabbed by one of two men dressed in round leather hats and blankets or capes. Both the men have dark hair and moustaches. A figure is hiding on the haystack on the left. He has a frightened expression and appear to be holding a pistol in each hand. Available on CD 159.



[Characters Caricatured]

Two drawings showing pairs of figures looking at prints in which they have been caricatured.



[An Old Huncks and his Housekeeper]

Full length caricature portrait of a man and his housekeeper looking at a caricature of themselves. The man, standing on the left, is holding the picture in his left hand and squinting to see it. He is wearing dark breeches and coat, a bob wig and three-cornered hat. His housekeeper is looking at the outstretched picture the picture, with her face in half-profile. She wears a white and yellow striped dress and mob cap and is holding a fan.

The title of the caricature they are looking at is 'An Old Huncks & his Housekeeper'. The dialogue, in speech bubbles, is as follows:

"O Mrs Jones...



A Military Caricature

On the right stands a short and very fat man in military uniform. On his head he wears a hat with a feather plume. In his right hand he holds a cane, and in his left a caricature depicting him entitled 'One of the Light Infantry'. On the right is a tall thin woman in a blue and white striped dress, mobcap and apron.

The volunteer says::

"By Mars the God of War - they have got me in the Print Shops - is this my reward for marching a matter of five miles a day! And being wet through on permanent duty at the Wapping Docks! - Blood and Thunder! - have they no fear of a Court Martial!!"




[The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves]

Drawings illustrating scenes from Smollett's novel.



[Chapter II In which the Hero of these Adventures makes his First Appearance on the Stage of Action]

Sir Launcelot Greaves, dressed in black armour stands in the doorway, on the left, shield in one hand and spear in the other. At his feet lies a large man, his companion Timothy Crabshaw. Captain Crowe, an older man in the blue coat of a naval officer, brandishes his sword at the knight. On the right the ostler points a flintlock at the knight and Mr Fillet, a surgeon and man-midwife dressed in a brown suit, holds a red-hot poker drawn from the fire. Behind them the head of Mr Ferret, a party-writer, can be seen, looking round the pantry door. There is a fire in the grate and a punch...



[Chapter XI Description of a Modern Magistrate]

The scene takes place in a crowded room. In the centre Greaves, wearing black armour, talks to his companion, the attorney Tom Clarke, a young man with dark hair, wearing top boots and a black coat. Standing in the doorway on the left are Greaves' squire Crabshaw, a short squat man with a red nose, hung about with belts, and holding a staff, and Captain Crowe, in a blue coat and black cocked hat. Behind them can be seen two figures. At the table, on the right, sits Justice Gobble. He is wearing a blue suit, red cap, glasses and very haughty expression. Next to him sits his wife...



[Chapter XIII In which our Knight is tantalised with a transient Glimpse of Felicity ]

The scene takes place in the kitchen of an inn. Timothy Crabshaw, the knight's squire, and Tom Clarke, his friend, are engaged in a fight with two haberdashers' apprentices dressed in military uniform.

On the far left Clarke, wearing a white shirt and pale breeches, is holding up his fists to one of the apprentices, wearing a red coat with gold braiding, who has fallen to the ground and is trying to crawl away, a terrified expression on his face. To the right of them Crabshaw, wearing a white shirt and brown breeches has grabbed the other apprentice, wearing a red coat, and blacked cocked...



[Chapter XXII In which Captain Crowe is sublimed into the Regions of Astrology]

On the left Captain Crowe, wearing a blue coat and with his hat under his arm, stands terrified while a magician sits a table on the right consulting a large book. Available on CD 159.



Prints by Woodward (Dated)

Dated prints, including prints published posthumously.



[The Night Constable]

Circular design. An interior scene. On the left stands a fierce-looking night watchman holding a stick in one hand and a broken lantern in the other. To the right of him is a young, fashionably dressed, man also holding a long stick. They are addressing a constable seated in an armchair on the right. He is elderly, wearing glasses, and leans forward, his hands on his knees. A dog sleeps on the floor by the side of his chair. Between them a clerk sits at a desk writing in a large book with a quill. A map is pinned to the wall above the clerk's head, and a fire burns in the grate...

[10 Jul 1785]


[The Night Constable]

Available on CD 160.

[10 Jul 1785]


[The Night Constable]

Available on CD 160.

[10 Jul 1785]


Excuse Us if You Please Sir

On the right a man in a suit and bag wig bows, pointing his left foot. He holds what might be a quizzing glass in his right hand. At his side stand two companions, both in suits and wigs. The companion on the left has his arms at his sides and his fingers splayed; he is wearing very large 'milk churn' boots. Facing the bowing man is a stocky bald man in breeches and a waistcoat. He his holding his fists up. Behind him stands a bearded companion wearing a black hat, who is holding his coat. Available on CD 160.

9 Aug 1785


[Two Prints]


1 Mar 1792


The Dutiful Grandson

The design is contained within a circle. An interior scene of a sparsely furnished room with plaster coming off the walls. On the right is an old woman wearing glasses sitting in a striped armchair. She is threading a needle and has a white garment on her lap. Facing her is a young boy sitting on a wooden chair, with his hands in his lap. A cat sits on the floor between them.

Available on CD 160.

[1 Mar 1792]


The Wise Schoolmaster

The design is contained within a circle. An interior scene of a sparsely furnished room with plaster coming off the walls. On the left the schoolmaster, an old man wearing a bob wig and cocked hat, coat, striped waistcoat and buckled shoes, sits on a chair, his hands on his knees. On the right the pupil, a young boy wearing a suit and sash, points to a book he is holding. Available on CD 160.

1 Mar 1792


Preparing for a Duel

In the centre is a large man in top boots, a jacket with brocade and a cocked hat with a feather plume. He has a sword strapped on and four pistols jammed in a belt.

On his left is a terrified young man in pantaloons, a jean-de-brie coat and round hat. He is holding a pistol in his right hand. Behind the young man is another man, also in pantaloons, kneeling on the ground and praying. The large man in the centre is pointing to a man on the right who is carrying a spade in his left hand and a sack over his shoulder labelled 'RAZOR BLADES AND BULLETS'. Behind him are a man in black and a...

12 Jan 1795


Licensed to Wear Breeches

Full-length caricature portrait of a short, fat, fashionably dressed man wearing long breeches which resemble trousers, a spencer coat over another coat, a starched cravat and round hat. Available on CD 160.

1 Jun 1795


A Collection of Hobgoblins

Ten grotesquely caricatured figures arranged over two rows. All have large heads and very caricatured features. Available on CD 160.

25 Feb 1796


A Copy of a Writ

A bailiff and his companion present a writ to a stout London 'cit'. The 'cit', walking from left to right, has his hands in his pockets and is looking at the bailiff, who has one hand on the man's shoulder and in the other holds the writ. To the left of the bailiff is a third man, holding a bludgeon. Available on CD 160.

1 Aug 1796


A Discourse on Wives

Two copies of the same print.

Two men sit either side of a small table upon which are a jug and two glasses. The man on the left is smiling a holding a pipe in his left hand. He says to his companion:

"La! Neighbour. How you talk. I have had five and am going to be married again, bless the sweet creattures, how they always called me tall Joey, the Lad for the Ladies."

His companion, on the right, is also smoking pipe, but has a serious expression and says:

"I never had but one vife, and if I was to love her I'd never have another."

1 Nov 1796


A Discourse on Wives

Available on CD 160.

1 Nov 1796


A Discourse on Wives

Available on CD 160.

1 Nov 1796


[Eccentric Excursions]

Plates from 'Eccentric Excursions' by George M. Woodward, first published by Allen in 1797. The book recounts Woodward's travels around England and south Wales, with numerous illustrations by him. The plates are taken from chapter X, which covers Derbyshire.

Of the Derby Assembly Rooms, Woodward wrote:

"The most approved etiquette of country assemblies, receives in this place every due attention."



A Formal Introduction to an Assembly

A scene at the Derby Assembly Rooms. An elderly beau, on the right, is introduced to a much younger woman, standing on the left. The introduction is being carried out by an older woman standing between them. A third woman stands on the far left, behind the young woman. All three women are ornately dressed, with complicated hairstyles, ostrich feathers and flowers. Available on CD 160.

1 Apr 1797


A Plain Minuet

On the left a woman curtseys, holding out her petticoats. She looks up at a young man standing on the right, wearing an ornately curled and powdered wig. A scene in the Derby Assembly Rooms. Available on CD 160.

1 Apr 1797


An Allemand

A couple dancing at the Derby Assembly Rooms. The man, on the left, has his left arm around his partner's waist and has his right arm raised, meeting his partner's raised left arm. They are both standing on their left foot, with their right foot raised, and are smiling at each other. Available on CD 160.

8 Apr 1797


Joe Pick of Dale Abbey Derbyshire

Available on CD 160.

[25 Mar 1797]


Joe Pick of Dale Abbey Derbyshire

Three-quarter length portrait of a seated man, facing right. He has his legs crossed and is leaning forwards. He is wearing a round hat with an uneven brim, coat and breeches unbuttoned at the bottom.. He has his mouth open and shows uneven teeth. Available on CD 160.

25 Mar 1797


Joe Pick of Dale Abbey Derbyshire

Available on CD 160.

25 Mar 1797


An Industrious Man

On the right, a drunk and dishevelled-looking man wearing a cocked hat and tie-wig, stands with one hand in his pocket, the other out-stretched and says:

"Here I am - I hate to be idle. I have been spinning out the evening."

He addresses a stout, well-dressed man on the left, standing with his hands behind his back, who replies:

"So I perceive - and now you are Reeling it home".

Available on CD 160.

6 Jan 1798


[Toasts for England and France]

A pair of prints, one showing two Englishmen toasting the English constitution, the other showing two Frenchmen cursing successful British admirals.



A Toast for Old England

Two stout, affluent-looking men sit in armchairs either side of a small table, drinking wine. On the left a man with a drink-mottled complexion and bob-wig toasts:

"May the British Constitution never be repaired with the Plaister of Paris."

He is watched by his companion sitting to the right of the table. In the bottom left-hand corner lies a large and fierce-looking dog. Available on CD 160.

29 Oct 1798


A Toast for New France

Two glum-looking Frenchmen drinking wine sit on wooden chairs either side of a table. Both are wearing a uniform of striped trousers and a blue coat with red collars and cuffs, gold buttons and gold shoulder knots. The man on the left is wearing a 'bonnet rouge' with a cockade and the man on the right, who has a hole in the elbow of his coat, is wearing a bicorn hat.

The man on the left toasts:

"May the names of Howe, St Vincent, Duncan, Nelson and Warren be eternally erased from our recollection."

Behind the chair in the right is an emaciated cat. Available on CD 160.

1 Nov 1798


Doubtful Love

On the left stands a man in a suit and cocked hat with a stick under his right arm. He is clutching his stomach and looks unwell. Facing him on the right, is a woman in a simple gown and hat with a flower in it. She is holding a fan in front of her face and under her arm she holds a small dog. Available on CD 160.

7 Feb 1798


The Hopes of the Family in the Road to Preferment

A country gentleman buys a place for his son. On the right is the country gentleman (facing right), wearing spurs and holding a round hat on one hand and a riding crop under one arm. He is giving a moneybag to a bowing man on the right (facing left). The man is dressed all in black and is wearing glasses - he may be a lawyer. The country gentleman says:

"You must know sir - this be our only son - a nation cute lad - I assure you. Lately he has taken it into his head he should like a place under Government,- so hearing Mr X.Y. of you kind advertizements in the Public Prints I thought it...

26 Mar 1799


Horse Accomplishments

Prints illustrating different types of horse and their rider.

1 Aug 1799


An Astronomer!!

A thin man wearing a round hat and glasses sits on a horse, walking from left to right. The horse is looking up at the sky. The man remarks:

"This Horse is certainly an Astronomer! he is perpetually sky gazing." On the left is a sign pointing to 'SLOUHG' [sic].

Available on CD 160

1 Aug 1799


A Paviour!!

A grinning, round-faced man sits on a horse walking from left to right. The man is wearing a battered hat and has a stick under one arm. The horse is stocky and rather shaggy and is wearing blinkers.

The man remarks:

"This is the sort for mending the Roads - never leaves a loose pebble!"

Available on CD 160.

1 Aug 1799


An Arithmetician!!

A horse, facing right, falls to its knees and throws the rider forward. The rider has one leg in the air and has lost his hat and wig. He remarks:

"This I presume is by way of proving to a certainty that two and two makes four!!

Available on CD 160.

1 Aug 1799


A Loiterer!!

A man wearing a round hat and carrying a basket and and a whip under his arm, sits on horse laden with sacks (facing right). The horse is very shaggy and the rider is leaning forward and saying to him:

"If thee tak'st it into thy head to stand still every five minutes - I should be glad to know at what time I am to get to market?"

Available on CD 160.

1 Aug 1799


A Minuet Dancer!!

A balding man sits on a horse walking from right to left. The man holds a whip in one hand and holds out his hat in the other. The horse has its tail out and its neck arched and is stepping daintily. The man remarks:

"Here's grace and elegance - these are the pleasing effects of teaching a horse to dance!"

Available on CD 160.

1 Aug 1799


A Land Measurer!!

A man clings on to a horse galloping from left to right. The man is wearing a cocked hat and his feet are out of the stirrups. He remarks:

"Here's your acres, roods and perches! They won't catch me at this work again in a hurry!"

On the right, a figure in the background waves his hat at the horse and its rider. Available on CD 160.

1 Aug 1799


A Vaulter!!

A bucking horse throws its rider into a muddy pond. The horse, facing right, has only its front hooves on the ground, and its rider is sitting in a clump of reeds. He says:

"If you must be at your Vaulting Vagaries you might at least have pitched a Gentleman into a cleaner place than a ditch."

On the left a small dog is barking at the horse.

Available on CD 160.

1 Aug 1799


Effects of Bankruptcy

Twelve figures arranged over two rows react to the news of an acquaintance's bankruptcy. Their comments are written over their heads. Top row, left to right:

A hunched old man in tie wig and cocked hat says : "Done up"

A man in dressing-gown, slippers and cap, drops his cup and saucer and exclaims: "D--n it you don't say so"

A downcast man leans on his stick and says: "Farewell to my thousand pounds!"

A fat man, his wig askew, holds out his hands, with a copy of the 'Gazette' in one hand, and says: "Here's a pretty job."

A thin man, wearing glasses, holds a copy of the 'Gazette' to his...

6 Oct 1799


The Sailor and the Banker or The Firm in Danger

On the right stands a banker, wearing a wig and glasses, He has his hands in his pockets and is facing left towards a sailor. The sailor is wearing long trousers, a short jacket, a handkerchief around his neck and holds his hat in one hand and a piece of paper in the other.

He says to the banker:

"I say - my tight little fellow - I've brought you a tickler! A draught for twenty pounds thats all - but don't be downhearted - you shant stop on my account - Ill give you two days to consider of it."

Available on CD 160.

20 Oct 1799


['A Bankrupt Cart' and 'A Dasher']

Two prints showing different classes of people riding in carriages.

5 Nov 1799


A Bankrupt Cart: or the Road to Ruin in the East

A family of London merchants, 'cits', travel in a small carriage pulled by a single horse. The father is wearing a cocked hat , the mother a hat with very tall ostrich plumes.

On the right a newsboy with a trumpet holds a copy of the 'London Gazette'. Behind them rides a stout footman. They are passing in front of a 'Mash-Brewer'. On the wall of the brewery are pasted notices. One reads: 'Theatre Royal Covent Garden the Comedy of the Bankrupt with High Life Below Stairs.' The other reads: 'A house to be let in Grosvenor Square. Suitable for Genteel family.'

Available on CD 160.

5 Nov 1799


A Dasher! Or the Road to Ruin in the West

A couple ride in a carriage, travelling from left to right, pulled by two horses and followed by two footmen. The man driving the carriage wears glasses, a round hat, top boots and a great-coat with three capes. He is accompanied by a woman wearing a riding habit and a hat with plumes. On the right is a building with the sign 'R Mac Nabb Sheriffs Officer' above the door. Two men watch the carriage go by. Behind the carriage is a sign pointing left 'TO THE KINGS BENCH' and right (the direction of the carriage) 'TO ROTTEN ROW'. There are three notices pasted on a wall on the left of...

5 Nov 1799


The Ghost of St Stephen's or The Stranger at Home!

On the right sits Charles James Fox, holding a roll of paper in his hand marked 'Perseverance' [sic]. Behind him sit Sir Francis Burdett and Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Facing him on the left is William Pitt. He has his hands raised in surprise, his hair is on end and he exclaims: "Angels and Ministers of Grace defend us!!" A scroll marked 'UNION' falls from his hand, and sitting behind him are several figures including Henry Dundas. In the background can be seen the surprised faces of the Speaker and the other MPs.

Available on CD 160.

18 Jan 1800


Every Body in Town

Prints depicting various figures, newly returned from the country, in conversation.

14 Feb 1800


Every Body in Town : Plate 2nd

A young man in conversation with a Jewish money-lender. The young man, standing on the left, is fashionably dressed, in a round hat, long breeches with braces and a high, starched cravat. He is addressing the Jewish money-lender standing on the right:

"Well Mordecai - how are you my old Boy - here I am again - spent all my Money in the Country."

The money-lender, who is bearded, with dark hair, and is holding a hat in his left hand, replies:

"Very glad to hear it, you know where to come A.Z (ring at the bell always punctual). I declare I am so glad to see my goot friends in Town again...

14 Feb 1800


Every Body in Town : Plate 3rd

A fashionably-dressed young man talks to an older woman. The young man, standing on the right, has his hands in a large fur muff, and says:

"I am happy to see you Ladyship again in Bond Street - it was physically impossible to endure the cold Mountains of the North, depriv'd of your beauty and vivacity."

The woman, also holding a fur muff, replies:

"Oh! you gallant creature! your Lordships youth and gaity, would create Spring any where."

Available on CD 160.

14 Feb 1800


Every Body in Town : Plate 4th

A young man talks to a and old man leaning on a stick. The young man, standing on the left, is wearing a round hat, spencer coat, long breeches and top boots. He is smiling foolishly and saying:

"What a fool I was to live so long in the Country - the moment I take my seat in Parliament, how I will speechify."

The older man, on the left, is dressed unfashionably, in breeches and three-cornered hat and bag-wig. He looks aghast at the young man and replies:

"If you open your mouth you puppy I shall knock you down - what would you win the Family Interest, - I brought you up a dumb Member...

14 Feb 1800


Every Body in Town : Plate 6

A husband talking to his younger, fashionable wife. The husband, standing on the right, is unfashionably dressed in breeches, cocked hat and coat. He says:

"Dont be uneasy my dear - we wont stay long - but soon return to the delights of the country and the old Family Castle."

His wife, wearing a hat with long plumes, and holding a muff, replies:

"Dont talk to me of your Family Castle - I tell you I don't like the country - so much so, - that I wish from my heart, it was all under ground."

Available on CD 160.

14 Feb 1800


Every Body out of Town

Pairs of people, left behind in London during the summer, in conversation.

14 Feb 1800


Every Body out of Town : Plate 1st

A dishevelled translator talks to a stout publisher. The translator, on the left, is tall and shabbily dressed, wearing an ill-fitting tie-wig. In his pocket he has scrolls of paper marked 'adventure' and 'poems', and in his he hand he holds a manuscript entitled 'HORACE Book'. He addresses the publisher:

"This - my dear sir is the best part of the Translation - I'll read it to you."

The publisher, a short, stout, well-dressed man wearing glasses, has his hands in his pockets, and replies:

"It wont do I tell you - Every Body is out of Town - besides the weather is too hot for long...

14 Feb 1800


Every Body out of Town : Plate 5th

A doctor in conversation with another man, possibly an undertaker. The doctor, on the left, is a short stout man dressed in a striped waistcoat, long coat, breeches, and is 'holding a hat'. He looks depressed, and says:

"I believe I must put down my Carriage Mr Crape - the Sea takes away all my Patients!"

The man on the right is tall and thin, dressed in dark clothes and holding a whip. He also looks depressed and replies:

"Ah Doctor I am afraid it is all over with us - I scarcely ever hear a Bell toll - I verily believe it is not fashionable for people to die in London during the...

14 Feb 1800


Every Body out of Town : Plate 6th

A stout London wife talks to a pawnbroker. The woman, standing on the right, is wearing a hat with feathers and a voluminous dress. She instructs the pawnbroker:

"You must know Mr Gripe I vish to go to Veymouth for a Month or two - therefore for the sake of convenience I shall leave a small service of plate in your care till I return."

The pawnbroker, a gaunt figure, in a long coat, glasses and cap, replies:

"You may depend on the Goods being very secure in my hands Ma'am - I am sorry to lose so good a Customer but hope to have the pleasure of seeing you again at the Three Blue Balls as...

14 Feb 1800


Lieut. Bowling pleading the cause of young Rory to his Grandfather

An interior scene. On the left stands the naval officer Lieutenant Tom Bowling. One hand is in his breeches pocket and he has a large stick under his arm. With his other arm he gestures to his young nephew, Roderick Random. Bowling is addressing the boy's grandfather. He is seated in a large wheelchair and has one swollen gouty leg resting on a pile of cushions and his hands inside a muff. Around his chair stand various relations: a young man looking at Bowling and Random through a quizzing glass, an old woman in a mobcap, and three young women. On the walls are two portraits of...

12 May 1800


Sailors on Shore

A standing sailor talks to another seated on a horse. Both are wearing striped trousers, short blue jackets and round hats. The mounted sailor, on the left, has a pipe in his mouth and a bundle on a stick over his shoulder. The horse has various items attached to its saddle, and it has been tied to a large rock on the ground by means of a rope tied to its tail. It has its head down and is straining against the rope.

The standing sailor asks the other:

"Why Jack. What the deauce do you do. -with that great stone tied to the tail of your horse?"

The other sailor replies:

"You must know...

14 Sep 1800


[Decorative Borders]

Decorative borders including designs illustrating lines from plays and songs, social satires, and scenes of whimsical humour. They include both figures realistically drawn and grotesquely caricatured 'Lilliputian' characters. Also the front cover of the collection.



Borders for Rooms : Plate 4

Three strips, arranged horizontally:

Row 1. Left to right.

A man dressed as a macaroni bows to a woman.

A ghost in a red cap talks to a seated woman.

A Lilliputian man stands between two women and declares: "How happy I could be with either ... ", lines sung by McHeath in 'The Beggar's Opera', by Gay.

A ghost in a mob cap pays a visit to a woman wearing glasses.

Row 2.

Four ghosts dance in a circle, while another plays the flute.

A Lilliputian woman talks to a man wearing a 'Bond Street Cravat'.

A man talks to his friend who is dressed as a jockey.

A seated Lilliputian...

1 Apr 1799


Grotesque Borders for Rooms and Screens : Plate 5

Three strips arranged vertically.

Column 1. 'Extravangazas'.

"The sports are begun". Two Lilliputian jockeys. A man dressed as a coachman talks to another man about his new curricle, bought on the 'new plan'.

A Lilliputian man addresses a woman wearing a huge nightcap.

A doctor and an undertaker shake hands.

Column 2.

A doctor talking to a young man about biology.

A couple making hay, entitled: "Bonny Jacky, blithe and gay" The line is from a Scottish tune. It comes from the seventeenth-century opera 'The Mock Marriage', with text by Thomas Scott and musical setting by Purcell...

30 Apr 1799


Borders for Rooms & Screens : No 7

Three strips, arranged horizontally. All of the figures are Lilliputian caricatures.

Row 1.

A couple in a carriage.

A highwayman holding up another man on horseback.

Two boys ploughing. One sings: "You'll forget the little ploughboy", taken from 'The Ploughboy' a song about the progression of a boy from cowherd to politician. Some versions attribute it to O'Keefe. The second boy says: "I whistle and drive my team", which appears to come from another song entitled 'The Ploughboy', of which one line is "He whistles and sings and drives his team"

Row 2.

Two men playing billiards.

A man and...

10 May 1799


Borders for Rooms & Halls : No 8

Three strips, arranged in rows. All the figures are Lilliputian caricatures.

Row 1.

A man and a roundabout.

A farmer and his wife in a 'Tax'd Cart'.

A newsboy blowing his trumpet with a hat announcing 'The Second Post'.

An organ grinder, a woman playing a tambourine and a little girl playing the triangle. Their refrain "we dance and we sing" resembles wassail songs.

Row 2.

Punch and Judy show with a man passing the hat.

A vicar preaching in a pulpit with the curate telling him the congregation has left.

A man and a large woman sat on a mare.

A peddler selling red garters.

Row 3.

A man...

20 Jun 1799


Borders for Rooms & Halls : No 9

Three strips, arranged in rows. All the figures are Lilliputian caricatures.

Row 1. 'A Pygmy Cat Hunt'

A 'cit' on horseback with two dogs.

A cit's wife having just fallen off a horse.

A man on a horse looking up the woman's skirt.

A clergyman riding a pig., referring to the tithe pig.

A man in hunting gear jumping a fence.

A dandy in a round hat and neck scarf chasing a cat with a rat it in its mouth.

Row 2.

A man jumping a stile, with his hat and wig falling off.

An apothecary on horseback.

A chimney sweep riding on a mule.

A Welshman riding on a goat.

A tailor riding a striped hat...

20 Jun 1799


Borders for Rooms & Halls : No 11

Three strips arranged in rows. All figures are Lilliputian caricatures.

Row 1. 'A Lilliputian Ridotto'

Two men, one with a green beard disguised as a fishmonger.

A yokel, called Mr. Baconface, talks to a pretty woman,

A magician talks to a fat harlequin.

A plain woman being admired by a masked man, who describes her a "walking rush light".

Row 2.

The devil and a lawyer talk to a clergyman.

A woman with a shepherd's crook talks to a volunteer in uniform.

A real sailor talks to a man dressed up as a sailor.

Row 3.

Two tailors on horseback ride through a turnpike without paying.


1 Jul 1799


Grotesque Borders for Rooms & Halls : No 12

Three strips, arranged in rows.

Row 1.

A Lilliputian couple in a red and blue balloon.

A man in a too-tight coat and stand-up collar talking to another man.

A monkey trying to sell a Van Dyck to a connoisseur monkey.

A cit family with pronounced London accents pull their three children in a cart on their way to an 'Ordinary'.

A fencing master in Scottish dress instructing a wounded pupil.

Row 2.

Two drunk men at a table.

A man and woman in what appears to be seventeenth century dress, watched by another man in dress from the 1770s.

A mad bull charging at three Lilliputian men.

Row 3...

5 Jul 1799


Borders for Rooms and Halls : No 10

Three strips, arranged in rows.

Row 1.

A recruiting officer with two yokels

A cat playing the violin to a monkey. "That strain again" is an adaptation of the Duke of Orsino's speech at the beginning of 'Twelfth Night'.

A skeleton and a woman. "Lady lay your costly robes aside" is taken from the old English poem 'The Messenger of Mortality; or Life and Death Contrasted in a Dialogue between Death and a Lady'.

A young woman and cupid.

Row 2.

A man and a woman wearing a low cut dress with large ostrich feathers. The woman mentions 'Ranelagh' referring to the fashionable pleasure gardens of...

10 Jul 1799


Grotesque Borders for Rooms & Halls

Three strips, arranged in rows.

Row 1.

Men sitting around a table discussing 'fashionable galleys'.

Mayor and corporation (all monkeys) bow to a cat wearing a dress seated on a dais.

Row 2.

Two Lilliputian tumblers and an announcer.

A cat and her daughter, both wearing dresses, consult a monkey lawyer about her husband's will.

A parson beating a man with a stick for not bowing to him.

A man looking up a ballet dancer's skirt with an eye-glass.

Row 3.

A man talking to a Jew.

A cricket match.

A man with a donkey selling sand.

Available on CD 161.

20 Jul 1799


Grotesque Borders for Rooms &Halls : No 15

Three strips arranged in columns.

Column 1.

Two Lilliputian men with sticks talking. One says: "Since you mean to hire for service ( … )" which is a line from 'Midas', a mock Italian burletta by Kane O'Hara, first performed in London in 1764.

Fat man in a chair with dentist/servant. A woman is having her hand kissed. The servant mentions 'Horn Fair', which was a fair held in East London since medieval times. Local tradition claimed that it began with King John after he compensated a miller whose wife he had seduced, with a sizeable grant of land. The fair began with a procession from...

1 Aug 1799


Grotesque Borders for Rooms & Halls : No 16

Three strips arranged in columns.

Column 1.

A Lilliputian man addresses a weeping woman: "Hence loathed melancholy", which is the first line of 'L'Allegro', by John Milton (1608 - 1674).

A sailor using an eyeglass to admire a young woman wearing a patterned dress and muff.

A woman in a high-waisted dress, addressing shepherds. The verse is taken from a caricature of the same name, published by Newton in 1795.

Othello comes across Desdemona in bed. Act 5, scene 2 of 'Othello'.

Column 2.

A brewer's daughter and another girl argue over precedence.

A Lilliputian balding beau is introduced to...

1 Aug 1799


Grotesque Borders for Rooms & Halls : No 18

Three strips arranged in rows.

Row 1.

A man saying goodbye to his tailor

Lilliputian characters at a baptism

An Irishman fishing by a bridge.

Row 2.

A Lilliputian girl playing a lute. The song is a traditional Scottish song, sung to the tune of 'The Bluebells of Scotland'.

A man weeping into a striped handkerchief. The reference is to 'The Rovers', a poem spoofing Schiller, which was published in Canning's 'Anti-Jacobin Review'. It refers to the moment when the hero, Ruggero, chained in a dungeon, looks at his handkerchief.

An old woman sitting in an armchair, talking to her son. Her...

20 Oct 1800


Grotesque Borders for Rooms & Halls : No 17

Three strips, arranged in rows.

Row 1. 'A Lilliputian Vauxhall'

Couple trying to get a discount at the door

A beau admiring a woman through an eyeglass

Family eating dinner in a booth. The father is disputing the bill.

Woman singing from a balcony. " O listen to the voice of love" is a song with music by James Hook (1746 - 1827).

Row 2.

Couple commenting on a woman travelling in a 'stilish muddy'.

A Lilliputian milkmaid.

A Quaker collecting the post from a man and his servant.

Row 3.

Lilliputian band playing 'martial music'.

Woman arguing with her husband over a house.

Two dandies...

25 Oct 1800


Grotesque Borders for Rooms & Halls : No 21

Three strips, arranged in rows.

Row 1.

A man threatens a woman with a switch. She makes a 'horns' sign at him.

Lord Mayor and company on a city barge.

An Irishman trying to look at himself in the mirror with his eyes closed.

Row 2.

A Lilliputian girl with a skipping rope.

A woman trying to teach a man to play chess.

A short man walking with a very tall wife.

A cat dressed as a maid giving a letter to a dog dressed as a town crier.

Row 3.

A couple milking a cow. The reference is to a nursery rhyme.

A man talks to another about his tea garden.

Two Lilliputian characters fencing.


25 Oct 1800


Grotesque Borders for Rooms & Halls : No 22

Three strips, arranged in rows.

Row 1. 'A Lilliputian Exhibition'

Lilliputian characters, including a fashionable young man, a pair of stout cits and a clergyman viewing paintings and miniatures. There is mention made of the copies of fine art available at Ackermann's.

Row 2.

A man appointed Master of Ceremonies at a rout speaks to another man.

A Lilliputian card party of four people, with a servant.

A mouse being carried in a sedan chair by two cats.

Row 3.

A man misreading a sign outside a silk-stocking shop.

A scene from 'Pizarro', which was adapted by Sheridan from Kotzebue's The...

29 Oct 1800


Grotesque Borders for Halls & Rooms : No 19

Three strips, arranged vertically.

Column 1.

A Lilliputian man admiring a woman in a white dress. She is talking about make-up.

A Welshman wearing a leek talking to another man about toasted cheese.

Two Lilliputian women, one short, one tall, in a scene from the play 'Midas'.

A man on his knees talking to a dark woman.

Column 2.

A woman in a full dress and feathers talking to another woman in a white empire-line dress.

Two men, one wearing a round hat, jean-de-brie coat and neck-cloth, described as the 'leading beau of Bond Street'.

A man in riding gear describes his sister's musical...

1 Nov 1800


Grotesque Borders for Halls & Rooms : No 20

Three strips arranged in columns.

Column 1.

"Leap Year". A Lilliputian man being kissed by two women

A 'sleeping' partner and his business partner.

The balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet with Lilliputian figures.

A dancing master eloping with a young woman to Gretna Green.

Column 2.

A man talking to a sentry about the next century/sentry.

Three Lilliputian men cock-fighting.

A dandy being called 'King of Fools' by another man.

A Lilliputian woman and a 'taylor done over'. 'The Taylor Done Over' was a late eighteenth-century Scottish song.

Column 3.

A Lilliputian man with a woman in a...

1 Nov 1800


Grotesque Borders for Screens. Billiard Rooms. Dressing Rooms &c &c

The front cover of a collection of grotesque borders. A Lilliputian man and woman stand on pedestals either side of a banner giving the title and publication details (see notes). The banner is held aloft by cherubs, with a satyr-like face in the middle. Beneath the banner can be seen a scene in a pleasure garden with Lilliputian characters and figures at a masquerade. Above, and to the side of the banner are ghostly figures. Available on CD 162.



Bad News, from the Continent

Fifteen bust portraits arranged in three rows. All are of men registering a degree of concern or alarm. Available on CD 162

1 Jan 1801


Symptoms of the Shop

Designs showing various characters displaying the characteristics of their trade.

1 Mar 1801


Symptoms of the Shop : Plate 1

A shopkeeper in conversation with his customer, possibly a tailor. The shopkeeper, on the left asks his customer: "Pray Sir be seated." The customer, wearing top boots, bag-wig and holding a riding crop, is lowering himself into a chair, and replies:

"Seated. Oh dear sir you put me in mind of old times - oh the delights of the shop - there I'm at home to a needless point - my neighbour Gibson used to say to me when he brought small cloths to mend - Snip said he let them be seated - and the business was done."

Available on CD 162.

1 Mar 1801


Symptoms of the Shop : Plate 1

Available on CD 162.

1 Mar 1801


Symptoms of the Shop : Plate 2

A naval man addresses a modest young woman. The sailor, on the right, is wearing striped trousers, a cocked hat and a sword. He has his arms crossed and says to the woman: "Avast madam d'ye see I love plain sailing. I like your stern and your stern very well, but if you wish to impress me into your service - you must hoist up your canvas that I may have a full view of your upper works, - and if they pleas [sic] me, hay hap I may take a cruize with you.

The woman, walking towards the right and looking back towards the sailor, is wearing a veil and has her hands in a muff.

Available on...

1 Mar 1801


Symptoms of the Shop : Plate 2

Available on CD 162.

1 Mar 1801


Symptoms of the Shop : Plate 3

The former owner of a curiosity shop, in conversation with another man. The former shop owner, on the left, is wearing court dress, including a large bag-wig and has a dress-sword. He is leaning forward slightly and says to his companion: "I beg Sir you will not touch upon curiosities - you must now Sir - before they made a knight of me, I kept a shop full of curiosities - oh it would have done your heart good to see me behind my counter, shewing my pickled crocodiles - but now, I look with my sword sticking out behind exactly like a blue bottle fly with a pin stuck in my tail!!"


1 Mar 1801


Symptoms of the Shop : Plate 4

A short fat grocer talks to a tall thin woman. The shopkeeper, standing on the left, has his hand on his heart, and declares:

"Adorable compound of sweets, - thou tamarind of excellence! - more luscious than a turkey fig - and at the same time as graceful as a stick of barley sugar - have compassion on a little Grocer that adores you."

The woman, wearing an empire-line dress and ostrich feathers in her hair, looks at him, while a small dog plays at her feet.

Available on CD 162.

1 Mar 1801


Symptoms of the Shop : Plate 5

A man and a brewer in conversation. The man on the left is wearing a cocked hat, top boots and pigtail wig, with a stick under his arm. He looks up at the sky with a concerned expression and says: "There is another storm brewing."

On the right stands the stout brewer. He replies: "Brewing - ah sir mine was the shop for brewig [sic], - pale malt or brown - nothing came amiss to me, none of your slops and Quashee - always ready - from a bottle to a hogshead - thirteen to the dozon [sic] full measure - money returned for the bottles - that was my way."

Available on CD 162.

1 Mar 1801


Symptoms of the Shop : Plate 5

Available on CD 162.

1 Mar 1801


Symptoms of the Shop : Plate 6

A print-seller declaring his love to a woman. The printseller, on the left, is kneeling towards the woman on the right. He declares: "Thou proof print of unsullied beauty - lovely transparency of unsullied charms, behold a printseller, at your feet, who does not wish to varnish over his passion with the opake mixture of fulsome flattery, but one who would be happy to take you off plain or colour'd, through Press or Backwards & forwards, to the manufactory of Hymen - the first Impression from such a Plate would vie with Titian's Venus."

The woman, wearing broad-brimmed hat, and holding...

1 Mar 1801


Symptoms of the Shop : Plate 7

A man in conversation with a clergyman. The man on the left is sitting in a wooden chair, and lifts his hand to emphasise his point. He says: "After all there is nothing like the true old orthodox principles."

He addresses this to a very fat clergyman, sitting in an armchair on the right, who replies: "Orthodox principles - ah my dear friend - you put me in mind of old times - when I was but a simple vicar how I used to charm my congregation - slim as a bedles wand - & delicate as a new wash'd surplice, - but since I have been raised to higher dignities, I do nothing but remain in my...

1 Mar 1801


Symptoms of the Shop : Plate 8

A lawyer in conversation with another. On the left a man with a parcel under his arm bows slightly and says: "I have brought your honor home your new suit."

He addresses this to a stout lawyer, who replies: "Suit - ah Mr Buckram - you did not know me when I practiced in the courts - I could have shewn you suits that would have puzzled Judge Blackstone himself - none of your simple matters - brim full of Law, as a brief bag - intricate as the Temple avenues, - & long as Westminster Hall, Shy clients, sometimes, - but it would not do with Paul Parchement - sure to have them one way or other...

1 Mar 1801


Symptoms of the Shop : Plate 10

A former minister in conversation with a woman. The minister, standing on the left, is 'holding a hat' and wearing a bag-wig, a sword and has his coat pocket full of scrolls. He addresses the woman:

"Madam I was once a minster, and to negotiations, I shall therefore be happy to treat with you on Matrimonial Speculation, - I have ample credentials ready to ratify my powers, and if you please will enter into preliminaries immediately, - let me have but a slight glance at your projet, and be assured I will deliver to you my contre projet as soon as the definitive treat is concluded, and...

1 Mar 1801


Symptoms of the Shop : Plate 11

A doctor in conversation with another. The man on the left, seated in a chair, is stout and is wearing a dressing-gown and cap. He says:

"Its a charming place for shellfish. I think I never ate beter muscles [sic]."

The doctor, seated facing him, replies:

"Pray Sir dont talk of Muscles - you must know Sir - I was once a dessecter [sic] of muscles - kept a shop near Seven Dials - all went to the doctor - Universal Pills, and never failing Elixir - you must remember them - seal - signature, and Bill of Directions, - one shilling or penny halfpenny, box, or bottle, stamp included - Weed...

1 Mar 1801


Symptoms of the Shop : Plate 12

A publisher proposing to a stern woman. The publisher, standing on the left, is short and stout. He is standing with his arms out, looking up at the woman, and declares:

"Improv'd edition of all that's lovely, have compassion on me, - I own I am but plainly bound, neither am I gilt or letter'd, yet believe me my composition is good and though I cannot boast of Title, still I hope my frontispiece will not displease you - and I make no doubt that when hot press'd by you beauty, I shall raise form the sheets of Hymen a valuable unique not unworthy of a place in the Library of Love."


1 Mar 1801



A couple dressed in the height of fashion. On the right is a man dressed in hessian boots, long trousers, a jean-de-brie coat, and a high starched cravat. He has his hair in a brutus crop and is wearing a round hat. He is facing the woman on the left, and says:

"How I shall quiz the flashy Bankers Clerks - when I go back again to Tooley Street - they dress well enough to be sure but then they have not the manner of us at the West end of the Town."

On the left a slightly stout woman in an empire-line dress, shawl, veil and slippers, admires the man through a quizzing glass. She replies...

2 Apr 1801


A Hint to Magistrates or a Rowland for your Oliver

On the left an officious-looking magistrate sits in an armchair next to a table on which are books and an inkpot. He leans forward in his chair and addresses the man that has been brought before him, saying: "You jolter headed fellow, I'll have you inoculated for stupidity."

On the right is a yokel, wearing a smock and holding his hat. He replies:

"That would be thrown away upon your Worship, for you seem to have had it the natural way."

Available on CD 162.

20 May 1801


John Bull in the Year 1800! John Bull, in the 1801!

Contrasting portraits of 'WAR' and 'PEACE'.

In the left-hand portrait, a depressed John Bull is dressed as a volunteer, in top-boots, a coat with braiding and a cocked hat with plumes. He is sitting on a chair, facing left, next to a small table. On the table is a book in which is written 'OBSERVATION ON THE HIGH PRICE OF PROVISIONS', and on the facing page 'INCREASE OF POOR RATES'. Under the book is a piece of paper marked 'Opening of the Budget INCOME'. On the floor is a cracked jug marked 'SMALL BEER' and a dog asleep next to his chair. On the wall is a poster announcing 'ORDERS...

12 Oct 1801


Gig Hauling, or Gentlemanly Amusement for the Nineteenth Century

Two country men look on as two fashionably dressed young men each pull a gig from left to right. Both young men have their hair in brutus crops, and are wearing hessian boots, long trousers, jean-de-brie coats, high white cravats and round hats. They are holding the shafts of the carriages and have bits in their mouths. In each of the carriages there is a coachman wearing a round hat and holding a whip. The two country men, one wearing a coat, the other a smock, stand arm-in-arm on the right. The one on the left says: "I say John - what be these coming here? - be they men or horses...

20 Dec 1801


A Friendly Accommodation

A fat, ugly man discusses his beautiful wife with a young captain. The man, wearing a bob-wig, sits in a chair and facing the captain on the left, takes his hand and says:

"Ah my Dear Captain, you are a clever fellow, indeed you are - you play so well upon the French Horn - Do you remember the latter part of the Duet in the New Opera of the Cabinet? after praising the blessings of a Friend and Wife it concludes thus "With a friend and a wife, First Blessings of Life, What on earth can our envied conditions amend? Should sweet offspring be ours, Grant this, Oh ye powers, Be the girls...

25 Feb 1802


The Monstrous Craw; or a New Discovered Animal

The design is of a fashionably dressed young man. He is wearing breeches with braces and an exaggeratedly high starched cravat, which rises above his ears. He has his hair cut in a crop, and holds a hat in his right hand.

Available on CD 162.

25 Feb 1802


An Epicure in Love or the nearer the Bone the Sweeter the Flesh

A very fat man wearing a bob wig embraces a very thin woman wearing a lace cap. Available on CD 162.

2 Mar 1802



Broadsides with a portrait of a character and an excerpt from their journal.



A Man of Fashion's Journal

A young fashionably dressed man reclines on a sofa. He has his hair in a crop and is wearing breeches, a double-breasted waistcoat, and slippers. He holds one hand up to his mouth and in the other he holds a copy of the 'MORNING HERALD'.

Available on CD 162.

1 May 1802


A Woman of Fashion's Journal

A young woman in an empire-line dress reclines on a chair. To the right is a table covered in a cloth, with a urn, a teapot and two cups and saucers on it. Available on CD 162.

1 May 1802


The Sailor's Journal

Two sailors sit at a table, upon which is a punch bowl and a packet marked 'VIRGINIA'. The sailor on the right smokes a pipe, while the other one reads from his journal.

Available on CD 162.

20 May 1802


A Parish Officer's Journal

A stern-looking parish officer sits on a chair, his hand resting on a paper marked 'REPAIRS of the CHURCH 35000'. Also on the table next to him is a book marked 'POOR RATES'.

Available on CD 162.

15 Jun 1802



Broadsides (and one uncoloured print) with a portrait of a character praying, and their prayer printed underneath the design.



The Miser's Prayer

Portrait of a balding man with pigtail and ragged clothes, kneeling, hands clasped, facing left. He is facing a chair in front of a curtain, upon the chair is a lit candle. On the right is a large chest with a padlock.

Available on CD 162.

10 Feb 1801


The Miser's Prayer

Available on CD 162.

[Feb 1801]


The Old Maid's Prayer

An old woman, with large nose and hairs on her chin, knells in front of her bed. She has her hands clasped in prayer and faces to the right. She is wearing a mob-cap and a very low cut bodice and long skirt. On the right, a cat looks up at her.

Available on CD 162.

10 Feb 1801


The Bacchanalian's Prayer

A drunk man, his stockings falling down and his wig askew, kneels on the floor. He faces left, his hands resting on a chair, next to which is a bottle, a glass and a pipe burning on the floor.

Available on CD 162.

4 June 1801


The Epicure's Prayer

A very large man, with a high complexion and protruding stomach, kneels on a cushion, facing left towards a wheel-chair. He is wearing a waistcoat and a cap, and has his hands on his stomach. Available on CD 162.

20 May 1801


The Widow's Prayer

A young woman dressed in black, kneels facing a chair on the left. She looks upwards, holding out her right hand. In her left hand she holds a handkerchief. Available on CD 162.

4 Jun 1801


The Young Maid's Prayer

A young girl kneels, facing a chair on the left. She wears her hair loose and is wearing a simple dress with a sash. She has her hands clasped.

Available on CD 162.

4 Jun 1801


The Maid of All-Works Prayer

A young woman kneels, facing right, her hands resting on a wooden chair. She wears a dress with an apron, a shawl tied around her shoulders and a mob-cab. On the left is a broom and on the right a mop and bucket.

Available on CD 162.

25 Jul 1801


The Apothecary's Prayer

A miserable looking man in a tie-wig, kneels facing an armchair on the left. On the floor are his cane and hat, and on the right are a giant pestle and mortar.

Available on CD 162.

30 Jul 1801


The Quack Doctor's Prayer

A man in a black suit, powdered wig and white ruffled shirt kneels facing left. His hands are clasped and resting on a wooden box inscribed 'PATENT MEDICINES', and beneath a picture of a duck 'Quack, Quack, Quack.' On the left is a candelabra and on the right is a draped curtain.

Available on CD 162.

[30 Jul 1801]


The Female Gambler's Prayer

A large woman kneels, facing a chair on the left. She is wearing a lot of jewellery, and has large ostrich feathers in her loose, curled hair.

Available on CD 162.

1 Aug 1801


The Stock Jobber's Prayer

A smiling man in a suit and powdered wig kneels facing an armchair on the right. In his right hand he holds 'BANK NOTES'

Available on CD 162.

1 Aug 1801


The Actress' Prayer

A young woman kneels, facing an armchair on the right. Her right leg is bent and her left foot forward, and she holds out her hands in a dramatic pose. She wears ostrich feathers in her hair.

Available on CD 162.

10 Aug 1801


The Jockey's Prayer

A young man kneels, facing a chair on the right. He is wearing a jockey's outfit of breeches, cropped jacket and cap. He has his hands clasped and is looking up at a picture of a horse race. On the floor is a whip.

Available on CD 162.

10 Aug 1801


The Sailor's Prayer

A sailor, in striped trousers and a cropped jacket, sits on a large wooden chest, arms folded and legs apart. He is facing left and smoking a pipe. Also on the chest is a tankard. In the background can be seen the rigging of a ship.

Available on CD 162.

12 Sep 1801


Poll of Plymouth's Prayer

A young woman kneels, facing a chair on the right. She is gaudily dressed, with bracelets and a necklace with a large pendant, and a straw hat with ribbons. On the left is a table, upon which are a bottle and glass, a punch-bowl and a pipe. On the wall behind the table is a picture of a ship.

Available on CD 162.

20 Sep 1801


The Lottery Office Keeper's Prayer

A man kneels on one knee, hands clasped, facing a painting on the left. The painting depicts a blind-folded Fortune, standing on a wheel. In one hand she holds a horn of plenty, from which pour coins. In the other hand she holds a piece of paper announcing 'PETER PUFFS Lucky Lottery Office.'

Available on CD 162.



[Patriotic Broadsides]

Two patriotic broadsides on military subjects.

13 Aug 1801


The Soldier's Farewell

A soldier in uniform stands in the doorway of his house, ready to depart. In his left hand he holds a musket, and in his right he holds the hand of his weeping wife. A small boy and girl hold out their hands to him, while on the far left a small boy in uniform stands to attention. Through the open door can be seen a long line of soldiers walking towards the coast.

Available on CD 162.

13 Aug 1801


The Veteran's Address to a Young Sailor

An interior scene. On the right stands a young sailor in uniform. He holds a cane under one arm, and in his right hand he holds his hat. On the left stands an older man dressed in a suit, and wearing a tie-wig with a long pigtail. He has one hand in his waistcoat-pocket and holds the other out to the sailor.

Available on CD 162.

13 Aug 1801


Symptoms of Marching - Quick Time

Two soldiers in uniform, with bundles on sticks over their soldiers, walk from left to right, past a country tavern. On the right is a milestone marked 'XXI MILES'. A yokel and a large man in a wig look at the soldiers through the window of the tavern. On the wall are pasted various notices. One reads 'TWENTY GUINEAS REWARD Whereas Two Cowardly Paltroon in Red Jackets hearing of the Enemys Landing have deserted from the Cmpay. of [...] Volunteers [...] four feet and a half high sheep faced by trade a taylor, the other four feet three inches, cast in his eyes by trade a pinmaker...

24 Oct 1803


Specimens of Dramatic Phrensy

Various scenes of people re-enacting scenes from the stage in everyday life.

1 Jan 1804


An Alarming Situation

A scuffle at the dinner table. A man, who was eating his dinner, has been grabbed round the neck by his wife,on the other side of the table. This has upset the table, causing the salad, cruet and other items to fall on the floor. The wife, on the left, is also large, and is restrained by the footman, who is in turn held by a female servant.

Available on CD 162.

1 Jan 1804


A Sudden Thought

Interior scene, possibly in a tavern. A young fashionably dressed man stands in a pose of dramatic surprise, his arms outstretched. On the floor in front of him is a broken decanter and a puddle of wine. On the right stand two surprised looking waiters, one pointing to the mess on the floor, the other holding a punch-bowl. Seated at a table on the right is an amused man, a glass and decanter on the table in front of him. On the wall is an ornate mirror.

Available on CD 162.

1 Jan 1804


A Disagreable Surprise

A young woman, a candle in one hand, walks towards her bed, followed by a man in military uniform. He has dropped his hat and is apparently staggering. In the doorway on the left, the girl's father holds a lantern in one hand and a blunderbuss in the other.

Available on CD 162.

1 Jan 1804


An Affecting Interview

A man arrives home, greeted by his emotional wife. On the right the man walks through the door, followed by his groom. He is faced on the left by a woman in a long flowing gown and draperies, with her hair loose. Behind her stands a woman weeping into her handkerchief.

Available on CD 162.

1 Jan 1804


A Sudden Emotion

A scene in a lawyer's office. There is a sloping desk and stool, and around the room are bookshelves, bundles of papers and notices posted on the wall. On the left a young clerk, a quill in his hand, is crouching with his arms outstretched, looking up at a shocked older man. Behind the older man stand a strong-looking maid with a bucket of water and a surprised older woman wearing glasses.

Available on CD 162.

1 Jan 1804


An Easy Reply

A confrontation between a drunken man and a night watchman. the scene takes place in a dark street. On the left, a drunk young man , apparently in military dress, is restrained by two friends. On the right a disapproving night watchman turns away from him, a stick in one hand and a lantern in the other.

Available on CD 163.

1 Jan 1804


An English Sailor at a French Eating House

A scene in French eating house. On the right is an English tar, wearing striped trousers, cropped jacket and a round hat. He is standing up and leaning over the table. One hand is on the table, the other holds out a plate with some sort of meat on it. He is looking at a surprised looking waiter wearing a red cap and apron, who says:

"My Lor - Anglois - believe moi - dey be jollie petit patées - but if you like de Boeuf roté better dat is un aoutre chose."

The sailor replies :

"None of your jolly - pitty - pattys for me. If you patty me any more I'll pat your head you parley voo - I...

30 May 1805


Jack Junks Opinion of the French Language

Two sailors sit on upturned tubs, either side of a low table. Both are wearing the sailor's outfit of long trousers, a cropped jacket and a round hat, and both are smoking a pipe and have a tankard of beer. The sailor on the left asks:

"Why Jack! You was so long in a French Prison, I suppose you larnt to patter their Lingo a little?"

The sailor on the right replies:

"No Bob, I never some how fancied it, they call things out of their names so d--nably, - why would you believe it. They call a Horse a Shovel and a Hat a Chopper!!"

Available on CD 163.

Aug 1805


John Bull Exchanging News with the Continent

John Bull and Napoleon face each other across a stormy Channel, were ships are fighting. On the right, John Bull stands on a headland marked 'TRUTH'. He is dressed as a newsboy, with a hat inscribed 'Britain Rules the Main' and a newspaper in his hand with the headline 'TRAFALGAR LONDON GAZETTE EXTROARDINARY [sic]'. Through a trumpet, he proclaims "Total Defeat of the Combin'd Fleets of France and Spain".

On the headland Napoleon leans on the ground to write official bulletins, which blow over the stretch of sea between them. Behind him stands a man wearing a bonnet rouge, who also...

11 Dec 1805


Laudable Secrecy Respecting a Peace or John Bull too Inquisitive

John Bull and Charles James Fox in conversation. John Bull, on the right, is a large elderly man in a powdered bob-wig and glasses. In his pocket he has papers marked 'Omnium' and 'Speculation on Peace'. He asks Fox: "Now do Charly, my dear good boy - open the door a little bit farther - just to enable me to take in a few of my friends at the Stock Exchange."

Fox, on the left, is standing next to a half-open door, through which is passing a man with a scroll marked 'Dispatches'. Fox has a document in his pocket marked 'To Monsr Talleyrand Negotiations'. He replies: "Really Mr Bull...

Jul 1806


A Negotiation for a Piece

Two men discussing the merits of crim. con., watched by the woman in question. On the far right, a hunched old man in glasses says:

"As you can agree together - I think I am very good to take her off your hands at any rate. - You know Jack - I dont mind a few guineas one was or the other - but you really over-rate the article - it is completely forestalling: in short you'll entirely ruin the regular Markets."

A younger man, in a cravat and jean-de-brie coat says:

"I assure you my Lord - what I ask is extremely reasonable - for on the word of a Gemmen - if I chose to run the risk - I...

1 Jan 1807


Sailors in a Calm

Three sailors sit on a heavily laden horse. The first, seated nearest the tail comments:

"What is Tom Pipes, about there at the Helm - does he mean to set Sail or not. "

The next one adds:

"We shall never get to Portsmouth at this rate."

The third, holding onto the horse's ears says:

"You may say that my hearty we have been on board this half hour and D--n me if I think I shall ever get under way."

They are watched by a fourth sailor, standing on the right, who comments:

"Why Mess-mates you seem in a dead calm."

Available on CD 163.

1 Jan 1807


Nautical Experience

Two sailors are confronted by a farmer. One sailor, on the right, has the donkey in a 'piggy-back' whilst the other helps to push him over the fence of the enclosure where he has been kept. The stout farmer, standing on the left, asks:

"Who gave you authority to release that ass from the Pound?"

The sailor holding the donkey replies:

"Why look you master - the thing was this - we saw him aground without victuals d'ye see see so my Messmate and I agreed to cut his cable and set him at liberty because we have known before what it is to be at short allowance".



Nautical Experience

Available on CD 163.

1 Jan 1807


Nautical Experience

Available on CD 163.

1 Jan 1818


Wet Parsons

Three parsons wearing bob wigs sit round a table upon which are glasses, bottles and a punch-bowl. They are drinking and smoking pipes. The first says: "I say Brothers - we are pretty fellows to preach against tippling", another replies:

"Tippling you call it, do you? Now I call it d----d hard drinking!!"

There are bottles strewn under a chair on the right.

Available on CD 163.

Jan 1807


A White Ghost in Ireland

Two Irish stare in fright at a white cat sitting on the wall of a church. The man on the left says: "How now Honey - why dont stop - take heart and go on [...] Patrick I believe it nothing but a great white Tom Cat after all." The other replies: "A Tom cat indeed - will you make me believe that a Tom Cat will be fool enough to get out of his warm bed at twelve o'clock at night to go sit upon a church wall to make believe he was a ghost? Answer me dat."

Available on CD 163.

6 Apr 1807


An Irish Leap, or a Pat Reply to a Plain Question

An Irish sailor crouches on the deck of a ship, rubbing his leg. He is watched by a captain and two sailors. The first sailor says:

"Shiver my top-sails - what down plunges! And yet he don't seem much hurt. "

The next sailor comments:

"He must have come direct from the top gallant mast head."

The captain, leaning towards the Irish sailor, asks: "My good fellow - where the devil did you come from?", to which the Irish sailor replies

"Please your Honor - I came from the North of Ireland."

Jun 1807


An Irish Leap, or a Pat Reply to a Plain Question

Available on CD 163.

Jun 1807


An Irish Leap, or a Pat Reply to a Plain Question

Available on CD 163.

[Jun 1807]


The Caricature Magazine or Hudibrastic Mirror

Front cover of Tegg's 'Caricature Magazine'. The title information is framed by a draped red curtain. On either side of the title are a plain woman in glasses and a larger smiling man, looking at themselves in small mirrors. At their feet are very small Lilliputian characters. Above their heads, on either side of the curtain, are heads arranged in rows, as if at the theatre.

Available on CD 163.

2 Jul 1807


A Riddle Expounded or the Dignity of a Parsons Horse

A ragged looking man talks to a mounted parson. the man, on the left, leaning on a stick asks :

"[Ha Ha!] the knaust doctor I be a rum fellow [Canst thee] tell me - why - a Parsons Horse - [be like a] King?" The parson, who is fat, with a drink-mottled complexion, looks down from his horse and replies:

"Why you rogue - because it is guided by a Minister."

Available on CD 163.

6 Jul 1807


Five Wives at a Time or an Irishman Taken In

A man talks to a friend about his many wives. The two men, on the left, are both seated. One, holding his hat and stick asks:

"Why Jack you terrible Turk I could not believe it if I had not seen it - Five Wives at once - why you will get yourself into a pretty scrape! What could induce you to commit such a rash action!".

His friend, fashionably dressed and wearing hessian boots, replies:

"Why you must know Uncle - out of so many I was in hopes to have met with a Good one - but by St Patrick - I have been taken in!!" On the right are the wives. Four are seated at a table, three...

Jun 1807


The Conclusion of the First Caricature Magazine

The final page of Tegg's Caricature Magazine. At the centre is a very caricatured Lilliputian character, standing arms outstretched, who declares:

"Ladies and Gentlemen, having completed the first volume of the Caricature Magazine I am desired in the names of the Proprierters, Publisher, Artists &c as also from myself and large, long and small headed Brethren to return you our sincere thanks for the kind reception we have experienced, in this the commencement of our exertions, and at the same time to assure you that neither pains nor expence shall be spared to merit your future...

1 Sep 1807


King Jerry treating his Jewish Subjects with Westphalia Venison

At a long table eight men sit eating meat. They all have beards. On the far left Jerome Bonaparte wearing a crown and holding a sceptre, stands on a dais with a throne. He addresses the Jewish diners, who comment favourably on the food.

15 Sep 1807


King Jerry treating his Jewish Subjects with Westphalia Venison

Available on CD 163.

15 Sep 1807


King Jerry treating his Jewish Subjects with Westphalia Venison

Available on CD 163.

15 Sep 1807


A Political Fair

A fair scene, with the various stalls and figures representing the state of play in international politics in 1807. This analysis has been taken from BM Sat 10763.

From left to right:

The German Booth, with Germans eating saur kraut. Behind it is the Russian Booth, with a Russian Bear tethered to 'French influence' and a poster announcing 'The Double Dealer, by Congreve, with French music'

At the Danish booth is a clown and a poster for 'The English Fleet' , an 1805 comic opera by Dibdin and 'The Devil to Pay', an opera by Coffey from 1730. It refers to capture of the fleet by the ...

1 Oct 1807


John Bull Making Observations on the Comet

On the right, John Bull, a fat 'cit' in a bob wig, bends in order to look at the sun through a telescope. At the centre of the sun is a bust portrait of George III, while making its way towards the sun from the left, is a comet with the head of Napoleon. John Bull comments:

" Aye - Aye Master comet - you may attempt your Periheliums - or your Devil heliums for what I care but take the word of an Old Man you'll never reach the sun depend upon it".

Beneath the sun is a the Channel with warships on it.

10 Nov 1807


John Bull Making Observations on the Comet

Available on CD 163.

10 Nov 1807


John Bull Making Observations on the Comet

Available on CD 163.

[10 Nov 1807]


The Continental Dock-yard

On the right is 'THE GALLIC STOREHOUSE FOR ENGLISH SHIPPING', in which have been impounded the ships 'THE DANE', 'THE SWEDE', and 'THE DON DIEGO'. In front of them, French ship-builders, wearing bonnets rouges, are working on a number of ships including 'THE NAPOLEON'. At the front, Napoleon, brandishing a sword, instructs the foreman: "Begar you must vork like de Diable ve must annihilate dis John Bull." The foreman replies: "Please you my grand Empereur, tes no use vatever, as fast as ve do build him he vas clap dem in his storehouse over the way."

On the left, the other side of a...



St Stephen's Fair

A fair, with the various booths representing political events and opinions. This analysis is adapted from BM Sat 10966.

From left to right:

Richard Brinsley Sheridan standing in front of a poster for 'The Comedy of a new Way to Pay Old Debts' by Massinger. Sheridan was satirized for humiliation at Westminster in 1806 when he claimed to be Fox's successor as a new man of the people and was instead called 'The ruin of hundreds of industrious Tradesmen and their innocent families'.

Viscount Castlereagh in front of a poster for 'Two Strings to Your Bow', a farce by R Jephson from 1791, and...

8 Feb 1808


The Ghost of Crim Con or a Check to Speculation

On the left stands a young fashionably dressed woman with her husband and lover. Her husband, who is kneeling down, has horns, to indicate that he has been cuckolded, and in his pocket a document marked 'Damages 50.000'. On the right of the woman stands her young lover. They are all looking at a grotesque satyr-like creature, his head covered in horns, which has appeared on the right. The creature addresses the three: "Don't be alarmed my Good Friends I come to give you advice - have nothing to do with me - formerly indeed I was worth the pursuit, but lately I have dwindled to a mere...

8 Mar 1808


A Parental Letter

A scruffy boy sits at a desk, surrounded by books and toys. In his hand he holds a letter from his father, in which his father writes: 'I hear you are coming on but very slow in your larning - for which you are an ass.' The boy shows the letter to an old woman standing next to him and says: "I say now Aunt Jenkins - beant this a pratty letter from Feather."

Available on CD 163.

14 Mar 1808


An Heir at Law!!

A man discusses his wife with his brother-in-law. The man, who is thin and drawn, wearing a dressing gown, slippers, and night cap, sits at the table, his hands resting on a copy of Aristotle. Next to him is his wife, with an expression of displeasure on her face. Sitting opposite the man, on the far right, is his brother-in-law. He is stocky, and unsophisticated. The man says:

"Well Brother in Law, for so I must call you now, I am happy to see you in town, your sister here was an excellent Housekeeper and I have made her my wife, but the worst of it is, some how or other we cannot...

Mar 1808


National Opinions on Bononaparte

Fifteen figures arranged in two rows, Each one represents a country, and each voices his country's opinion of Napoleon. The analysis is taken from BM Sat 10980.

The countries are:

Egypt. Referring to Napoleon's invasion of Egypt.

Spain. Now beginning to resist Napoleon after a long period of submission. The King and Queen had considered following Portuguese example and fleeing to Peru. On 21 Feb 1808 Napoleon sent squadron to Cadiz so they wouldn't 'repeat the scene of Lisbon'

Italy. Dressed in old fashioned dress and bag-wig.



Turkey. It was in threatened position...

20 Apr 1808


The Progress of the Empress Josephine

Eight portraits of Josephine, arranged over two rows. They are, top row, left to right:

'A Planters Daughter'. A stocky woman in a simple dress.

'A French Countess'. Ornately dressed, with feathers in her hair.

'A Widow'. Dressed all in black.

'A Prisoner'. Manacled and chained.

Bottom row, from left to right:

'A Loose Fish'. Looking coyly from behind a fan.

'Barras's Mistress'. Dancing, dressed in a draped dress and sash.

'A General's Lady'. Dressed in 'military' dress, with a helmet and plumes.

'An Empress'. Fat, and richly dressed, wearing a crown and holding a sceptre and orb.

20 Apr 1808


The Progress of the Empress Josephine

Available on CD 163.

20 Apr 1808


The Progress of the Empress Josephine

Available on CD 163.

20 Apr 1808


Volunteer Wit or Not Enough for a Prime

A group of elderly volunteers in one of the City Militias sit around a table. They are all in uniform, wearing pigtail wigs. On the far left a man not in uniform says:

"Come - Gentlemen Volunteers - to the right and left - Charge if you please to the King".

At the end of the table, on the right, a man in uniform looks into his glass and replies:

"I should be happy to obey your Orders Colonel - but really your glasses are so small that d--n me if there's enough for a prime."

On the wall there is a poster giving instructions on how to get rich, and on the floor are pieces of paper...

21 May 1808


Odd Fellows from Downing Street

John Bull in conversation with representatives from the Society of Odd fellows in Bird Cage Walk. The Odd Fellows stand in a group on the left. Their leader explains to John Bull:

"You must now Mr Bull we are a society of Odd Fellows who had a lodge in Downing Street and were robbd of our cash and accounts not withstanding we met at the Kings Head and so near the Treasury too - is not it very hard - however we have now left Downing Street intirely!"

John Bull, a very large man in cocked hat, bob-wig and glasses, replies:

"All I have to say my good Friends is this - I am very sorry for...

4 Jun 1808


The Genius of Caricature, and his Friends Celebrating the Completion of the Second Volume of the Caricature Magazine in the Temple of Mirth

The last page of the second Caricature Magazine. Grotesquely caricatured Lilliputian figures sit round a table, in a room whose walls are decorated with prints from the magazine. In the middle a smiling harlequin says: "Success to Volume the Third".

In his hand he holds a banner, with a verse which reads:

'Mr Tegg. Mr Tegg! You're at home to a peg, volume two is now fairly completed, Then to Cheapside repair, Ye who spurn at dull care, And with wit, fun & frolic be treated, With Woodward we'll laugh, And with Rowlandson quaff, And drown every Folly absurd, Here's a toast to the brim...

2 Jul 1808


The Corsican Nurse Soothing the Infants of Spain

In the middle Napoleon sits in a chair holding two babies. These are the younger sons of King of Spain, the infantes Don Carlos and Don Francisco. They have padlocks round their neck. The King and Queen sleep in the 'IMPERIAL CRADLE' on the right, over which is written 'THE GOOD OLD KING AND HIS AMIABLE CONSORT'. On the left Ferdinand also sleeps in an 'IMPERIAL CRADLE' labelled 'Prince of Austurias'.

12 Jul 1808


The Corsican Nurse Soothing the Infants of Spain

Available on CD 163.

12 Jul 1808


The Corsican Nurse Soothing the Infants of Spain

Available on CD 163.

12 Jul 1808


The Corsican Spider in his Web

A spider's web, at the centre of which is the spider Napoleon. On his back is written 'UNBOUNDED AMBITION', and he is eating the Spanish flies representing Charles IV and Ferdinand. Caught in the web are various flies, representing countries which have been defeated by Napoleon.

In the top right-hand corner the 'Pope Fly' struggles in the web, and says: "I'm afraid I shall be dragged in". The Russian fly says: "I declare I was half in until I made the discovery". The Turkish fly says: "I am afraid it will be my turn next". In the top left, the British fly, wearing a wig, says: "Ay you...

12 Jul 1808


Won't You Come Mr Mug

A young woman looks down from a window and says: "Wont you - Wont you - Wont you come Mr Mug?". Below the window is a sign which reads 'Fresh from Billingsgate every day '. She is addressing a coarse looking man, who has a rope with tankards tied on to it. He clasps his forehead and says: "Dang it - I should not mind but I be afeard to leave my pots."

Available on CD 163.

17 Oct 1808


A Bill of Fare for Bond Street Epicures

Six female figures, arranged in two rows. Each one has the name of a dish written next to her. Top row, left to right:

'PIGS PETTITOES'. A plain woman with turned-in feet.

'SCRAG OF MUTTON'. Tall, scrawny, woman with a long thin neck.

'LEG OF LAMB.' Well-built young woman, holding a parasol and wearing a skirt which shows her leg nearly to the knee.

Bottom row. Left to right:

'POLONY'. A round woman with a snub nose.

'CODS-HEAD AND SHOULDERS'. A large woman with broad shoulders, short neck, and jutting jaw.

'LAMB CHOP AND MINT SAUCE.' A young and very pretty woman, wearing a low-cut...

25 Oct 1808


Buonaparte and his Old Friend on their Travels

Napoleon holds a telescope and looks towards the distant setting sun, which is marked 'EAST INDIES'. It is being pointed out by a large black devil, standing slightly behind Napoleon. The devil says: ""There my fine little fellow - what do you think of that prospect - I always told you there was nothing got by staying at home, - that is the way to dish John Bull."

Napoleon replies:

"It is certainly a very inviting prospect." On the far right are the jaws of hell, with devils hiding inside. One says: "I always said with the help of our Old Master that we should have him at last...

15 Nov 1808


The Progress of the Emperor Napoleon

Eight portraits of Napoleon arranged in two rows. Top row, left to right:

'A Ragged Headed Corsican Peasant'. A dishevelled Napoleon with unkempt hair.

'Studying Mischief at the Royal Military Academy at Paris'. Napoleon sits at a desk studying plans of fortifications.

'A humble Ensign in a Republican Corps, requesting a situation in the British Army'. Lucien Bonaparte claimed that Bonaparte had seriously considered taking a commission in the forces of the British East India Company, but no evidence exists.

'A determined Atheistical Republican General ordering his men to fire on the...

19 Nov 1808


Practical Education

Six pairs of figures, arranged in two rows. They depict people asking professionals for advice. Top row, from left to right:

A young man asks a Scot for help with elocution.

A young boy in military uniform and a giant cocked hat asks a soldier for help before taking command of a company.

A vicar gives advice to a new vicar on what to wear in the pulpit.

Bottom row, left to right:

An Irish lawyer offers advice to a young man soon to be called to the bar.

A London doctor offers help to a country apothecary.

A yokel informs a sophisticated man that he would like to be a butcher, or...

Apr 1810



A man walks in to find another man in bed with his wife. He has taken off his hat, and says:

"I am sorry Sir to intrude in this abrupt manner - but do you know Sir you are in bed with my Wife." In his pocket is a copy of 'Chesterfield's Letters' which were published as a guide to etiquette.

The man in bed smiles, doffs his nightcap, and replies:

"Sir, I beg you ten thousand pardons! Let me request you will be seated and she will be at your service in the course of half an hour!"

Available on CD 163.

6 May 1811


A Tale of Terror!!

A group of men and women sit around, listening to a man tell a horror story. The men have all got short unpowdered hair, and the women all wear mobcaps and shawls. A man explains to a woman that the story refers to the Devil. On the far right a man and a woman have fallen on the floor, and only their legs are visible. The woman cries "Oh Mr Thompson, Mr Thompson you have killed the child, Billy my dear where are you. " The child grabs her leg and replies "Here I am Mammy".

Available on CD 164.

10 Jan 1812


Twelfth Night

A group of people sit around a table, looking a caricature of themselves.

On the far left, a large man in a bob wig holds out a bag and says:

"Come friends - draw away. Let things go on how they will - do not let us lose sight of good Old English Customs - the Bulwarks of Our Constitution".

To the right of him, a thin woman looks at a caricature of herself entitled 'Queen of Love' and says:

"Well I must own that there is a great resemblence". Next to her a large woman looks at a caricature titled 'Mrs Hiccinbottom' and says:

"Put in the bag on purpose to affront me I dare say...

10 Jan 1812


The Road to London or the Countryman and the Quakers

A countryman asks directions from a pair of Quakers. They are standing by a sign post which points to London. The countryman, a bundle over his shoulder asks:

"This beant the way to Lunnen Gemmen - be it?" The two Quakers, both dressed in long dark coats, buckled shoes and black broad-brimmed hats, look disapprovingly and one replies:

"Verily I do not understand thy meaning. Thou first tellest us a Lye, and then thou asketh us a question!"

22 Apr 1812


The Road to London or the Countryman and the Quakers

See D5459/2/75 for description. Available on CD 164.

22 Apr 1812


The Road to London or the Countryman and the Quakers

See D5459/2/75 for description. Available on CD 164.

[22 Apr 1812]


Prints by Woodward (Undated)

Undated prints.

[c. 1800-1815]


John Bull and his Friends Commemorating the Peace

At the centre John Bull, wearing a bob-wig and in shirt-sleeves, dances and says:

"That's right my lads - jig it away, Peace and Plenty."

Around him various small animated figures, formed from food-stuffs with arms and legs, dance and play instruments. On the left a large joint of beef marked 'Sir Loin for ever' sits with a piece of paper in his hands marked 'Oh the Roast beef of Old England. On the far right dances a large sack of flour marked 'Genuine flour No adulteration'. Between them, from left to right are: 'Old Stout', 'The Best Wheaten Bread', 'Mutton 3d 1/2 per pound', 'Peace...

[Mar 1802]


Celia Retiring

A seated bald old woman gives her young maid, standing on the right, instructions:

"Molly - mind what I say to you - lay my wig on top of the drawers - mind my bosom - and don't rumple it - lay my eye on the dressing box, and the row of teeth by the side of it - and call in again for my eye-brows - lay every-thing in such a manner that I may easily find them in the morning - as I wish to be made up by twelve precisely - in order to meet my Lord Ban-dash."

Available on CD 164.



The Discovery, or Little Faux Pas

A family discuss their daughter's pregnancy. On the far right the brother holds out his hands and says:

"Don't tell me sister. She was always a forward Hussey - when she was down with me in the country, she was always cutting out little Men instead of minding her needle-work - but however she is found out."

The mother, tears in her eyes, clasps her hands and says

"O' that I should live to see my daughter found out".

The father sits, hands on his knees, and asks:

"Come come don't mince the matter - since the thing is done and it can't be undone - have not you had a child"

The daughter...



The Discovery, or Little Faux Pas

Available on CD 164.



The Discovery, or Little Faux Pas

Available on CD 164.



Making a Sailor an Odd Fellow!!

A scene in an Odd Fellows Hall. Around the room a various grotesquely caricatured figures. On the left, in a chair decorated with carved heads, behind a table with candles on it, sits a bearded man smoking a pipe. Facing him is a defiant-looking sailor, who expresses his refusal to be intimidated by their strange appearance.

Available on CD 164.

[1 Dec 1806]


A Poney Race

Two sailors on horseback. Both horses are blinkered, wearing cart-horses' collars, and are galloping, with the sailors clinging on. The sailor on the left has lost his hat, and calls out to his companion:

"Hello you Swab, lay too a bit can't you, I've lost part of my upper rigging - and the Vessel's firing signal guns of distress. Have you lost your hearing."

The sailor on the right replies:

"If the luber had not stood to it they were both Ponies, I should have taken mine for a Cart Horse by the bumping in the stern."

[1 Jan 1807]


A Poney Race

Available on CD 164.

[1 Jan 1807]


A Poney Race

Available on CD 164.

[1 Jan 1807]


A Poney Race

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[1 Jan 1807]


Sailors Eating Pork

Two sailors sit eating pork. One comments:

"Why Jack - may I never cast anchor again - if there ant bristles in this pork as thick as cables."

The landlady, standing behind the table looks concerned, and says:

"Never was better Pork believe me Gentlemen - I powder'd it with my own hands."

The second sailor replies:

"Did you so - then I'll tell you what Mistress - while your hand was in, I wish you had shaved it also".

Available on CD 164.

[1 Jan 1807]


Public House Politicians!!

A group of men sitting round a table discussing politics. The man standing at the head of the table on the far left announces: "Gemmen - as land-lord to this here pull-itical and larned society, I begs leave to mention the subject of debate for this here nights iddification ' Do the present Ministry act right or wrong?', for my part I am decidedly of opinion that they act wrong to a man".

The men seated round the table make comments, mentioning, for example, the Broad-Bottomed Ministry.

Available on CD 164.

[2 Jan 1807]


Solomon in all his Glory

A Jewish man, in a cocked hat and ornate waistcoat, is surrounded by women, possibly courtesans. Behind them a sign on the wall reads 'Petticoat Lane'.

Available on CD 164.

[26 Mar 1807]


Mrs Figs Card Party Disturbed

A party of people playing cards. A footman announces:

"Master and Mistress and Gentlefolks all - I be sorry to disturb you - but it be past twelve o'clock - on Saturday night and here comes the Beadles and watchmen to take you all to the round house."

Behind the foot man stand two uniformed beadles and two watchmen, one holding a lantern.

On the right, the party of three men and a woman protest:

"My good friends it is not yet half past eleven"; "Indeed gentlemen we are only playing at fourpenny Whisk and Swabs"; "A set of wulgar wretches"; "O that I should live to die in a round house...

[6 Apr 1807]


A Whimsical Will!!

The reading of a will. The lawyer sits in an armchair in the left. The deceased's wife flirts with his secretary. She has been left his fortune, and the secretary has been left his wife. The butcher, a very fat man wearing an apron, has been 'left' the advice to cut his steak thicker. Behind the butcher sits the butler, a dishevelled and drunk man, who has been left money for his sobriety. To his doctor he leaves all the medicines he has been prescribed and to his foppishly dressed nephew he leaves nothing, much to his disgust.

Available on CD 164.

[1 Oct 1807]


A Mistake at New-Market, or Sport and Piety

A methodist woman arrives at Newmarket, a copy of 'WESLEY'S HYMNS' in her hands. She asks a jockey:

"Pray Young Man - are there any meetings in this town?"

The jockey, who is standing with companions outside the 'RAM INN' replies:

"Yes Ma'am - two a year - Spring and October".

In the background can be seen the racecourse at Newmarket.

Available on CD 164.

[5 October 1807]


Fair Day or the Perishable Commodity

A scene at a country fair. On the left is a tavern, on the right a stage, and in the background various tents. In the foreground a bent old man with a stick points towards a young woman's basket, although he seems to be looking beyond the basket to the front of her dress. He says:

"My pretty Dear - what do you ask for your Article? I am rather near-sighted - but I'll give you half a crown for it at a venture"

The young woman replies:

"Dear Sir! I wonder you should think of such a thing - though mine is but a perishable commodity,- it shall not go at that price I assure you...

[12 Nov 1807]


Admonition and Gratitude

A lawyer speaks to a client. The lawyer, on the left, points to a passage in a book and says: "Yes, yes you have brought yourself into a pretty scrape, here it is - Burns Justice page 22 - if you are not hang'd for this, I'll be hang'd for you."

The client, in ragged clothes, replies: "Sir, you are very good and speak like a Gentleman - I humbly thank you - and I hope when the day comes you will not be out of the way".

Available on CD 164.

[1 Dec 1807]


Nautical Comfort

A scene on the deck of a ship. On the left a weaver, a handkerchief tied over his hat, pulls on the coat-tails of a sailor, and asks him to avoid the enemy ship in that is in sight. The sailor replies that he would rather blow up the ship than try to avoid the enemy.



Nautical Comfort

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Nautical Comfort

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A Tender Parting

A London cit, setting off on a journey along the canal, is seen off by his tearful wife and daughter. His wife, tears in her eyes, clasps his arm and says: "O My Dear Husband dont be rash - go quietly back in the coach - but if you will go - mind the nasty hedges and the hugly coal barges. I shall not be easy till you return - and take care they do not rung you against the frightful Bridges - pray be advised." His daughter, also weeping, adds: "O my Poor Pappa - what a sad thing it is to have too much courage - always drawing one in to danger". The cit, in striped trousers, with a scarf...



A Tender Parting

Available on CD 164.



A Tender Parting

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Business and Pleasure

A man in conversation with a cobbler. The cobbler, wearing a cap and glasses, sits with a shoe in his lap. He looks at his friend and says:

"What do you say Neighbour. Five men to be hung this morning!! Well I should like to go to be sure - but I should stick to Business".

His friend replies:

"Aye - Aye - friend Snob - you are always at work - Never have time to take a little pleasure!!"

On the verso are pencil sketches.

Available on CD164.

[1 Jan 1808]


The Welch Sailors Mistake or Tars in Conversation

A scene on the deck of a ship. An English sailor says to a group of Welsh sailors:

"And so then do you see David we sprung a leak". Behind him sits another sailor drinking from a tankard.

The Welsh sailors look at him in amazement, and one replies: "Cot pless us - and save us - did you! And a ferry coot fechitable it is - I shuld liked to have had a pit with you".

[30 Jun 1808]


The Welch Sailors Mistake or Tars in Conversation

Available on CD 164.

[30 Jun 1808]


The Welch Sailors Mistake or Tars in Conversation

Available on CD 164.

[30 Jun 1808]


A Cure for a Smokey Chimney

An interior scene. An old woman in conversation with a man. The old woman, wearing glasses and a mob cap, complains:

"I believe Doctor that you a little better than a great Irish imposter - to take two guineas for curing my chimney..., and the moment I put a bit of fire in the grate I am half suffocated".

The doctor holds out his hand and replies:

"Don't put yourself in such a passion my dear Crater. I'll make it appear as plain as the nose on your face - all you talk'd to me about was smoke - you never mention'd the fire - depend upon it - if you put no fire in the grate the Devil a...



Miseries of Human Life




[Getting up early in a cold and gloomy morning ... ]

A man comes downstairs to find the maid still cleaning the room.

Available on CD 164.

[9 Oct 1807]


[Getting up early in a cold and gloomy morning ... ]

Available on CD 164.

[9 Oct 1807]


[Briskly stooping to pick up a ladys fan ... ]

An interior scene, with people socialising. Three men collide whilst bending over trying to pick up a fan, while a fourth passes a fan to an attractive young woman.

Available on CD 164.

[1 Mar 1808]


[Being accelerated in your walk ... ]

A man in poked in the behind by the pole of a sedan chair, while the passenger, a sour old woman, looks on disapprovingly, and two young women look down from a window.

Available on CD 164.



[Being mounted on a beast ... ]

A man sits on a horse, kicking and waving his whip. The horse is standing in the middle of a pond and the pair are watched by a pair of laughing yokels.

Available on CD 164.



[During the endless time that you are kept waiting in a carriage ... ]

A man sits in a carriage, his fingers in his hears to keep out the noise of a man sawing just next to him. Through a shop doorway on the right can be seen two women looking at a length of cloth with a shop assistant.

Available on CD 164.



[During the endless time that you are kept waiting in a cariage ... ]

Available on CD 164.



[Inviting a friend ... ]

A party sit around the dinner table, while a footman brings in a steaming hare on a plate. The party looks at the dish in disgust, one woman turns away, another holds her nose. Outside the door,the cook, in an apron and cap, laughs.

Available on CD 164.



[Squatting plump on an unsuspected cat in your chair]

A young man in hessian boots and a jean-de-brie coat leaps out of chair on which is sat a hissing a cat. A young woman lifts up her hands in shock, a small boy falls backwards on to the floor and an old man looks up from his book.

Available on CD 164.



[Squatting plump on an unsuspected cat in your chair]

Available on CD 164.



[Squatting plump on an unsuspected cat in your chair]

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[Squatting plump on an unsuspected cat in your chair]

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[Treading in a beau trap ... ]

A scene outside a shop. A man bows to a young woman, stepping in a puddle and splashing her with mud. In the doorway of the shop on the left, a couple watch and laugh. On the far right is a waiting carriage.

Available on CD 164.



[Treading in a beau trap ... ]

Available on CD 165.



The Old Woman's Complaint, or the Greek Alphabet

An old woman complains to a teacher about the behaviour of his pupils. He asks:

"Good Woman you are always making complaints against my Scholars, what have they done to offend you now?" She replies:

"Please your Honors Worship - they followed me up and down and said to one and other - At her - beat her - damn her - pelt her -and a great deal more that I do not recollect". One of four boys standing in a group behind the old woman replies:

"Indeed sir we were only repeating our Greek Alphabet, in order to get quite perfect - what the old woman heard was only Alpha - Beta - Gamma - Delta...

[15 Jan 1809]


The Old Woman's Complaint, or the Greek Alphabet

Available on CD 165.

[15 Jan 1809]


The Old Woman's Complaint, or the Greek Alphabet

Available on CD 165.

[15 Jan 1809]


Wonders! Wonders! Wonders!

Ten figures arranged in two rows. All represent classes of people impossible to find in society. Top row, from left to right:

'A Modest Woman of Quality', 'A Primitive Bishop', 'A Real Maid of Five and Thirty', 'An Exciseman with a Conscience', 'An Author with a Second Suit of Cloaths'.

Bottom row, from left to right:

'A Great Man of Common Sense', 'A Woman who has continued three months a Widow', 'A Theatrical Hero of Modesty and Oeconomy', 'A Complete Honest Attorney', 'A Man of Talents, Wit and Learning possessed of a Thousand a Year'.

On the verso, part of a list of French/English...

[1 Aug 1809]


A Peep at the Gas Lights

A scene in Cockspur Street following the installation of gas-lighting. On the far left a young man points to one of the lights, and explains to his female companion:

"The coal being steam'd produces tar or paint for the outside of houses - the smoke passing thro water is deprived of substance and burnt as you see".

Next to him an Irish man says:

"Arrah Honey, if this man bring fire thro water we shall soon have the Thames and the Liffey burnt down - and all the pretty little Herrings and Whales burnt to cinders".

A large man looks up at the light and comments:

" [Wauns?] what a main...

[23 Dec 1809]


The Bull and Mouth

A fat man sits sleeping in a chair, his mouth open. Behind him, his wife passes a letter to a man in military uniform. He taps the side of his nose, and she holds her hand behind her husband's head, possibly making the sign of 'horns'.

Available on CD 165.

[24 Dec 1809]


A Farmer's Philosophy in Death

A farmer sits surrounded by his friends, family, doctor, parson and lawyer. He announces:

"I bequeath my House and Lands to my eldest Son Dick - the rest of my Property to my Wife and younger Children - I leave Six and eightpence to the Lawyer - all his gallipots and phials to the Doctor - and half a years tithes to the Parson, therefore march off Doctor! - write Lawyer! - pray parson! - cry Wife! - and bellow children - for it is all over with me!"



A Farmer's Philosophy in Death

Available on CD 165.



A Farmer's Philosophy in Death

Available on CD 165.



A Glee

Three men sit round a table, upon which are glasses, a punch-bowl, a bottle, and a box of tobacco. Above the scene is written: 'HOW SHALL WE MORTALS SPEND OUR HOURS?'

Seated on the left is a young man gazing heaven-wards, above whose head is written: 'In Love'. Next to him is a a military man, smoking a pipe. He wearing a cocked hat, a coat with gold braiding and an eye-patch. Over his head is written 'In War'. The last figure is dishevelled and sits drunkenly in his chair. Over his head is written: 'In Drinking'.

Available on CD 165.



Joint Stock Street

A crowd of people stand in a London street, looking at a wall on which have been posted advertisements for shares newly floated companies. The companies are all clearly unsound, and include: 'Doctors Company', 'Company of Menders', 'Company of Scavengers', 'Company of Whitewashers', 'Cabbage and Potato Compy', 'Match and Tinder Compy', 'Blacking Company'. Behind the wall is a hospital with the sign 'HOSPITAL FOR INCURABLES SUPPORTED BY VOLUNTARY SUBSCRIPTIONS'. On the right of the scene is a barber's, with a sign announcing the barber's attention to form a company. Next to it is a...



Reasonable Charges

Two men at at a table, attended by a waiter. On the table are plated of food, wine and glasses. One man looks at the list of charges in horror, while the waiter explains:

"I'm sure Gentlemen on inspection you'll find the charges very reasonable, nothing can be cheaper, fifteen shillings the peas, Ducks one pound..."

The man looking at the prices replies:

"Ducks!! Why my good friend they are Guinea Fowls!". A man and woman look through the open door, smiling.



Reasonable Charges

Available on CD 165.



Reasonable Charges

Available on CD 165.



Sketches of Fairy Land

Two very satirical prints depicting scenes of corruption in an imagined Lilliput (actually England). Both prints are in strip form, containing six images arranged in two rows, although there is no actual narrative, rather a succession of captioned scenes.

[Dec 1810]


Sketches of Fairy Land. Pl. 1

Six captioned scenes arranged in two rows. Top row, from left to right:

[1] A scene of bribery at the polls. The polling-place depicted is for one of the Westminster parishes , possibly St Margaret's.

[2] John Bull being pursued for more taxes by the tax-collector.

[3] A poor man of merit compared with an affluent man of ignorance.

Bottom row, left to right:

[4] A woman receiving payment in return for arranging appointments in the Church and Army. This refers to Mrs Clarke, the mistress of the Duke of York, who is depicted as hiding behind a screen.

[5] A nobleman receives...

[Dec 1810]


Sketches of Fairy Land. Pl. 2

Six captioned scenes arranged in two rows. Top row, from left to right:

[1] A man and a woman embrace on a sofa, in view of the woman's husband. The caption criticises the fashionability of crim. con. cases.

[2] A group of women sit playing cards.

[3] A Parish feasts, which the caption claims is held at the expense of the poor.

Bottom row, left to right:

[4] Two young men in coachman's dress outside the 'BANG-UP LIVERY STABLES'.

[5] A man in a jean-de-brie coat, hessian boots, round hat and neck-cloth, stands next to a woman wearing only a flimsy empire-line dress.

[6] A naval...

[Dec 1810]


Setting Out for Margate

In the middle sits a large cit's wife, fanning herself. On the left is her husband, and on the right is her footman. Her husband, two geese hanging out of his pocket, complains:

"Why my dove, I am loaded with provisions like a tilt cart on a fair day - and my pockets stick out as if I was just returned from a City Feast". His wife replies:

"Don't be so wulgar Mr Dripping - you are now going among genteel folks, and must behave yourself - We shall want all the Wickalls on the Woyage - depend upon it - bless me how varm it is, I am all over in a muck." On the right the footman...

[12 Aug 1812]


An Irish Pilot

A scene on board ship. An Irish sailor at the helm is addressed by a captain holding a telescope, who says: "Now en't you a pretty fellow for a Pilot - to see land and not know where we are!"

The Irish pilot replies:

"Och my dear jewel! Only shew me the Old Head of Kinsale and I'll tell you where we are to an inch!"

Available on CD 165.

[Aug 1812]


Refinement of Language

Six scenes arranged in two rows, Each scene shows an occupation, but with a more 'refined' title.

Top row, from left to right:

A ragged match-seller is described as 'A Timber Merchant'.

A poultry seller is described as 'A Turkey merchant'. This title was actually used to describe a member of the Levant or Turkey Company.

A postboy, with his mailbag and bell, is described as 'A Man of Letters'.

Bottom row, from left to right:

A gravedigger, banking up the earth at the side of a grave is described as 'A Banker'.

A Jewish ragman, buying old clothes is described as 'A Merchant Taylor'.


[1 Oct 1812]


Off She Goes

A large woman, who was in the process of climbing down a ladder from her window in order to elope, has fallen, landing on her lover. The lover, in military uniform, has a pained expression, while her father, holding a candle, looks out of the window from which she has escaped. In the background a laughing groom is standing next to the waiting carriage.

Available on CD 165.



Cracking a Joke

Two men sit either side of a table on which are glasses, a pipe and a jug of 'Stingo'. The man on the right has an insect crawling across his head. He says:

"What's that you say Neighbour? You see a creeper on my forehead! Come - Come - you joke."

His companion replies:

"I tell you what my good Friend - if you have any more such Jokes I would advise you to crack them as soon as possible".



Cracking a Joke

Available on CD 165.



Cracking a Joke

Available on CD 165.



Witches in a Hay Loft

On the right sit a pair of witches, leaning over their cauldron. They have conjured up a number of hideous winged spirits. In the bottom left-hand corner a farmer holding a lamp and a pitchfork looks through the trapdoor.

Available on CD 165.



Female Politicians

A group of women sit round a table. An older woman, reading from the newspaper, announces:

"Mercy on us here is news!! They write from Hanover that when Boney part took possession of that country he ravish'd all the Women!!"

One woman cries: "O the wretch", while another adds:

"It is very true Ma'am it is only a word and a blow with him - your Honour or your property".

Her neighbour replies:

"Well Ma'am, if he should come here, at all events I will take care of my property". At the end of the table a girl adds:

"So will I Mamma".

On the right-hand side a footman brings a tray...

[1 Jan 1815]


Comfort for an Old Maid

An old woman in conversation with her Yorkshire servant. She is seated and wears a veil and a huge fur tippet and muff. She asks him:

"John - how do you like my fashionable Muff and Tippett - don't you think I look charmingly today".

The footman, wearing a livery with shoulder-knots, replies:

"Why Ma'am I be but a Sarvant and Sarvitude they say be no inheritance - but as a Yorkshire-man I likes to speak my mind - then I do think for all the world that you look like a Hog in Armour - and I think it is a sheame an Old Woman - like you - should be running after the Men at your time of life...

[c. 1800-1820]


Gipsies shewing a Prize Cat

Two gipsies show a couple a giant cat. On the left stands a gipsy smoking a pipe. To the right of the cat is another, pointing to the cat with a stick, He announces:

"Ladies and gentlemen, please to observe - The King of the Gipsies, having taken it into his Royal consideration the improvement of the race of Cats (being considered as a great dainty amongst his numerous and Loyal Subjects) He and eleven more of his Courtiers formed themselves into a Caticultural Society for that purpose. This beautiful animal, Ladies and Gentlemen is the finest produced this season - it was entirely fed...

[c. 1800-1820]


John Bull peeping into Futurity

A minister, possibly the Chancellor, holds out a large magnifying glass in his right and and gestures with his left hand. He is wearing a long coat and a long powdered wig. He addresses John Bull: "Look through this glass Mr Bull and behold your future prosperity. It magnifies but very little I assure you."

John Bull stands on the far left. He is crouching slightly to look through the magnifying glass and has an expression of amazement, and possibly greed on his face. He replies: "What be those people I see. - Mercy on us so many good things will be more than I can bear".

On the far...

[c. 1800-1820]


Unattributed prints and prints by other artists

Prints by artists other than Woodward.



Elopement from Nottingham a la Militaire!

A soldier and a woman sit on a horse riding from right to left. The soldier has a sword in his right hand and has his left hand around the waist of the woman. Behind them, on the left, is a milestone on which is written: 'LONDON 124 MILES'. On the right of the picture, in the background, can be seen Nottingham and the castle on the hill.

Available on CD 166.

Dec 1789


Noah's Ark Improv'd, or an Attempt to Land in the Teeth of the Wind

On the left is Charles, third Earl Stanhope, in a small boat, with a flag proclaiming 'REVOLUTION CUTTER'. In his pocket he has a piece of paper in which is written 'Fifteen Ways to Plague a Parson', and behind him in the boat are three sacks labelled 'Shot No 1 Tithes in Kind', 'Shot No 2 - Penal Laws - How to Discover a Witch - No Evil Spirits to be fed with Animal Food', and 'Shot No 3 - Penal Laws - No person to cut off the ears of His Majesty's Subjects. No person to cast out Devils without a Licence'.

Stanhope is attempting to land the boat at a point on the shore where there is...

3 Apr 1790


Contest between England and Spain for the Dominion of the Seas, 1790

George III and Charles IV of Spain stand up to their waists in the sea and box. George II, standing on the left, holds up his fists and says:

"Another thump in the bread-basket will do your business Whiskerando".

Behind him stands Neptune, who adds:

"Bravo! my son, make him feel the dominion of the seas is thine and shall be so forever."

Behind Charles IV, on the right, stands the pope.

Fame, personified as a woman and blowing a trumpet, descends from the clouds to put a laurel wreath on George III's head.

Available on CD 166.

8 May 1790


The Bank

Interior of Sir Robert Taylor's rotunda at Bank of England, when it was used as a stock exchange. Signs on the walls refer to the Navy and forbid clerks to act as brokers. The room is filled with groups of people in conversation. On the right is a crowd of excited bidders.

Available on CD 166.

Jan 1792


Number not used.




A Muddy. A Sketch in Bond Street!!

A carriage. The driver sits up front, in a box surrounded by a red curtain, and two footmen in livery stand behind. Two women lean out of the window to talk to a pair of fashionably dressed men, wearing round hats and hessian boots.

Available on CD 166.

3 Apr 1800


The Union!

William Pitt and St Patrick sitting on bulls who have locked horns in combat. On the left, Pitt, wearing armour and a plumed helmet, says:

"Never fear St Patrick, all will be yet very well they are a little restive at first but they will take to it kindly enough, bye and bye - I'll warrant you."

St Patrick, with a mitre and crozier, looks anxiously at the bulls and replies:

"Pon my conscience I don't know what you call it but the duece [sic] of anything like an Union do I see except their horns being fastened together."

Available on CD 166.

Jan 1801


Single Combat in Moorfields or Magnanimous Paul O Challenging All O!

Pitt faces the Tsar Paul, depicted as a bear, on a stage at Moorfields. Next to the bear stands a fierce-looking Russian soldier who reads from a piece of paper:

"Be it known to all men,- that my master, the most magnanimous, the most puissant most powerful and most wonderful great Bear of the north - being in his sound and sober senses Challenges the Whole World to single combat and commences his first trial of skill, here in Moorfields, after which it is his intention to pursue his travels, and visit every court in Europe - Asia - Africa - America."

The collar of the bear, standing on...

30 Jan 1801


Boot Polishers

Two young men polishing their boots. The man on the left is seated on a stool and holds a hessian boot in one hand, which he is buffing with a brush. He says to the other:

"Sir - I will maintain it before any Court in Europe, that the patent Japan Liquid Blacking is the only genuine invention for polishing boots and shoes. - I could dwell forever on its inestimable virtues - suffice to say it gives that elegant, and beautiful jet gloss, so long wish'd for by the enlighten'd leaders of Taste and Fashion."

His companion is standing on the right. He is wearing long trousers, a striped...

1 May 1801


The Death of Madame Republique

The recently deceased Madame Republique, a revolutionary cockade in her nightcap, lies in bed on the left. On a table by the bed are bottles labelled 'Purging Mixture' and 'Laudanum'. On the floor beside the bed is a chamber pot, on which is written 'Vive La Liberte, Vive La Republique'.

On the far right John Bull asks: "Pray Mr Abbé Sayes - what was the cause of the poor Ladys Death? She seem'd at one time in a tolerable thriving way."

On the left the Abbé Sieyès holds out the baby Napoleon to John Bull and replies:

"She died in child-bed - Mr Bull after giving birth to this little...

14 Dec 1804


The Dispute. To be or not to be a Protestant

An interior scene. Mrs Fitzherbet and the Princess of Wales are arguing over the education of Princess Charlotte.

Both wear ostrich plumes, referring to the Prince of Wales. Mrs Fitzherbet is very large and has her hair cropped. She is wearing a huge crucifix and has rosary beads at her waist. In her hand she holds a book inscribed 'Directions from the Clergy respecting the Duty of a true Catholic Converting'. She points to a portrait of the princess on the wall and says:

"I say I have an undoubted right to have the care of her, & to bring her up as I like, do I not rule the roost...

9 Jan 1805


The Fifth Clause

A man confronts his servant. Both stand in profile, with their hands on their hips. The master, standing on the right and wearing a bob wig and top boots, addresses the servant:

"And now Mr Old, and faithful servant - if I was to kick you out of the house dont you think I shoud [sic] be doing justice to myself and the country at large."

The servant, on the right, is wearing a broad-brimmed hat and buckled shoes. He replies:

"You should recollect what is due to an old and faithful servant. You say I have made free with your beer - I own I have frequently lent my neighbour Giles the key...

23 April 1805


The Modern Hercules, Cleansing the Augean Stable

In the foreground Samuel Whitbread, the brewer and Whig reformer, is Hercules, cleaning out the Parliamentary stables, occupied by horses with politicians' heads. He is throwing a barrel of Whitbread's Intire at a horse on the right. The horse, who has the head and wig of Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, complains:

"What the deel is the mon a boot".

Under the horse's legs is a broom inscribed 'Will Force's (ie Wilberforce) BROOM FOR THE SUPPRESSION OF VICE'. Behind Melville are the legs and head of Trotter who says:

"Attack the Gallopers, I am only a poor Trotter."

Behind him is...

23 Apr 1805


The Political Death and Last Will and Testament of Johnny Mac-Cree

Viscount Melville, depicted as Johnny MacCree lies on his death-bed surrounded by weeping politicians. At the foot of the bed, Pitt clasps his hands together and says:

"What a mournful sight. Who know who's [sic] turn it may be to go next."

Melville, wearing a tartan night-cap, addresses the group:

"What signifies an your sniveling - as to you John Trot, you will not long survive me - the tenth Clause influenza has got hauld of ye already - it is however time to settle my affairs - To you Doctor, for the great pains you took to bring me through, I leave my grateful acknowledgements, to...

28 Apr 1805


A Scotch Sarcophagus

Two Scotsmen, in kilts, stand either side of a funerary monument. The man on the left weeps into a handkerchief, the man on the right is taking snuff. The monument is decorated with two cherubs' heads wearing Scottish bonnets and and two grinning demons. Beneath the exhortation 'Stop Travellers and Read' is the inscription, which begins:

'WITHIN THIS | SARCOPHAGUS | composed of Scotch pebbles | are deposited the political remains of | JOHNNY MAC-CREE | and his faithful servant | John Trot [...]'

The inscription goes on to mention the 'Tenth Report', i.e. that of the Naval Enquiry...

28 Apr 1805


Broad Bottoms in Holland Worshipping Their New King or Nic Frogs Adualtion of Louis Baboon

On the left, Louis Bonaparte, depicted as a monkey, sits on a throne holding an orb and a 'ROD OF IRON'. He is faced by a row of bowing Dutchmen. All are large, and smoking pipes. Each has an inscription on his behind, these are, from left to right: 'BATAVIA STARVED', 'CAPE LOST', 'SURINAM LOST', 'CEYLON LOST', 'TRINIDAD LOST', 'TOBAGO LOST'.

One of the men addresses Louis:

"Most Illustrious Sovereign - we humbly bend before your sublime throne - and offer up our humble incense to your exalted nostrils, like your Imperial Brother who is the guardian angel of the universe you are a...

23 Jul 1806


Durham Mustard Too Powerfull for Italian Capers, or the Opera in Uproar

Four young women, all with their hair loose and holding garlands, dance on stage. They are all dancing with their legs lifted. On the left, the Bishop of Durham leaps onto the stage, wielding his crozier, and crying:

"Avaunt black fiend. I fear the [sic] not. Assume whatever shape or form thou wilt, I am determined to lay the [sic] thou black fiend."

Below him is the orchestra pit, and a man who adds:

"That's right, down with them."

Available on CD 166.

Jan 1807


A Catalanian Attack on a Chance-Seller

The Italian singer Catalani [Angelica Catalani, 1780-1849], depicted here as a cat, attacks the Chancellor Eldon. The cat, wearing a dress and feathers, has knocked the Chancellor's wig off. She sits on his shoulder, scratching his face, and says:

"You would not give five shillings to hear me sing would not you! You unfeeling being! - But I'll make you suffer for it."

Eldon, holding up his hands, cries:

"Who will rid me of this Termagant?"

He is surrounded by six barristers all in wigs. Some look shocked, others pleased.

Available on CD 166.

1 Dec 1807


Launching a Frigate

A young prostitute walks out the door of a 'HOTEL', watched by a grotesquely fat older woman. Posters on the wall behind the younger woman read: 'FROM THE COUNTRY an assortment of fresh ware', 'A Tragedy in Rehearsal', 'Portsmouth Dock' and 'Leakes Genuine Pills'. In the background is a house with its chimney on fire, and the masts of a ship.

Available on CD 166.

[1 Feb 1809]


The Wooden Leg or Careful Landlady

Two men in bed in a boarding house. In the centre the landlady, a candle in one hand, kneels on the floor and grabs the wooden leg of one of the men, saying:

"There is nothing like looking after servants. I always like to see that my lodgers are comfortable. Aye here's a pretty careless trick, the warming pan left in the gentleman's bed I declare."

The man in question, a sailor, complains:

"Hello - Avast heaving Lounds dont pull of my timber - I went to bed half seas over - and forgot to stow it along side the hammock,"

Available on CD 166.

10 May 1809


Greys and Duns or a Prime Bang-Up for the Bit. Ya! Hip!

At the centre of a clamouring crowd stand two fashionably dressed men. On the left is a waiting carriage, on the right a house with an open door. The man on the left, dressed in hessian boots and a round hat says, in reference to the horses:

"You've got your Greys yet I see! I thought you wanted to get rid of them."

The man on the right, wearing a coachman's coat with capes and putting on a pair of gloves, replies:

"O no keep my Greys if I can! But I want cursedly to get rid of my Duns!"

'Duns' refers to his many creditors, and he is surrounded by tradesmen presenting their bills These...

Jul 1810


[The Cottagers of Glenburnie]


September 1810


The Scotch Cottage of Glenburnie

A scene in a simple Scottish cottage. Two visitors stand by the fire, and the mistress of the cottage sweeps the floor, while her two daughters stand around. The female visitors asks:

"Mistress McLarty why do you not make your daughters assist you?"

Mrs McLarty replies:

"Indeed my Daughters can clean the House or Milk the Ky as weel as I can when they like, but its no often that they will be fashed."

Available on CD 166.

[6 Sep 1810]


Scotch Cleanliness N1 Vide Cottagers of Glenburnie

A scene in a Scottish Inn. On the right a bare-foot woman is lighting a fire and complains:

"The Deel blaw this fire w'e his muckle A-se for ise nair fash mysel mair we't".

A male visitor, sitting at the table in the centre, looks at her and says:

"Sounds. We will all be suffocated with dust & smoke."

A short, bedraggled man, struggles to pour boiling water into a teapot on the table, scalding a cat in the process. The female visitor looks on in horror and says:

"Mercy on us look here my Dear, the fellow is pouring hot water on top of the teapot without taking the lid off & before he...

[Sep 1810]


Procession of the Cod Company from St Giles's to Billingsgate

A scene at Billingsgate. A group of stout fishwives walk with baskets balanced on their heads. Some are smoking pipes, others have their arms folded. In the background are buildings and boats on the river.

Available on CD 166.

[18 Sep 1810]


Sports of a Country Fair

Two of a series of four scenes depicting accidents at country fairs.

[5 Oct 1810]


Sports of a Country Fair. Part the first

A horse has broken free from a two-wheeled cart, tipping the occupants into a sprawling heap on the floor. On the left spectators run towards the accident, on the right can be seen the booths of a fair, and in the background are riders on horses, competing in a race.

Available on CD 166.

[5 Oct 1810]


Sports of a Country Fair. Part the third

A scene in a theatrical tent. A tiger has ripped through the canvas of the tent, and the scene is one of panic. On the left is the stage, with a painted back-drop and an actor wearing armour and brandishing a sword. The audience, on the right, struggle to escape.

Available on CD 166.

[5 Oct 1810]


An Old Ewe Drest Lamb-fashion

A busy street scene. A tall, thin, plain woman is followed by two men, one stout, the other thin. A third man has just overtaken her, and looks back in disappointment at her face. On the far right has lascivious looking soldier walks with his arm around a young woman, and a beggar-woman is pushed out the way by one of the men racing to get a look at the plain woman's face.

Behind them is a shop with the sign: 'CHEVALIER STINKPOT Perfumer in General to the Court of St James's.'

Available on CD 166.

[25 Oct 1810]


A Hitt at Backgammon

A stout couple play backgammon. On the left the man holds the shaker in one hand, from which fly two dice. On the right sits a woman. She is leaning across the board and grabs the man by his wig, upsetting two candles on the table.

Available on CD 166.

[19 Nov 1810]


Paris Diligence

A carriage departs from a tavern with the sign of the 'QOQUE EN PATE'. The carriage is filled with typically French characters: monks, soldiers, immodestly dressed young women. Next to the coach stand a pair of beggars and in the background is a scene of houses.

Available on CD 166.



Number not used.




The Bassoon with a French Horn Accompanyment

A couple lie asleep in bed, apparently snoring. Their clothes are draped around the room. Pinned on the wall by the bed is the verse 'Hush every breeze | Let nothing move | My Celia sleeps | and dreams of love.'

Available on CD 166.

24 Apr 1811


A Sale of English Beauties in the East Indies

A consignment of courtesans in unloaded in a foreign port. They are measured and examined by a mixture of men in turbans and Englishmen. Unsuitable candidates are shown in to a building on the right marked: 'WAREHOUSE FOR UNSALIABLE GOODS FROM EUROPE NB To be returned by the next ship'. On the left an auctioneer, holding his hammer, stands on a box.

Available on CD 166.

[10 May 1811]


Implements Animated

Figures representing various professions are assembled from the tools of their trade.

Sep 1811


Implements Animated Pl. 1

On the left is carpenter, made up of compasses, mallet, saw, axe and set-square. On the right is a gardener composed of a watering can, rake, hoe, spade and shears.

Available on CD 166.

Sep 1811


Implements Animated Pl. 2

On the left is a housemaid composed of a mop, bucket, dustpan and various different types of brush. On the right is a cook made up from a barrel of flour, salt box, rolling pin, skewer, pot, saucepan, griddle and bowl.

Available on CD 166.

Sep 1811


Rural Sports

Scenes of entertainment in the country.



Cat in a Bowl. No.1

A scene outside a country inn. A cat teeters in a bowl floating on a pond. A crowd has gathered to watch the spectacle, including an old woman, struggling to get in and save the cat. In the background a man and woman have lost control of their carriage.

Available on CD 166.

[24 Apr 1811]


A Milling Match

A outdoor boxing match. A huge crowd throngs around the ring, and in the background, carriages on the road have stopped to watch.

Available on CD 166.

[29 Sep 1811]


Smock Racing

In front of a cheering crowd, young women race bare-foot. In the background are the tents of a village fair.

Available on CD 166.

[1 Oct 1811]


Balloon Hunting

A horse has just broken free from a carriage, tipping the three female passengers onto the floor. In the background, a balloon floats off. Standing on top of a tower on the right, is a man taking aim at a female parachutist descending from the balloon, holding on to a parasol.

Available on CD 166.

[25 Oct 1811]


A Cricket Match Extraordinary

A cricket match, in which all the players are women. On the right are the spectators and in the background is a refreshments tent called the ' JOLLY CRICKETERS'. On the far left is a kiln.

Available on CD 166.

[Oct 1811]


Buck Hunting

A man and woman embrace in a small summer-house on the banks of a stream. Next to the summer-house is a tree with the notice 'MAN TRAPS' nailed to it. On the other side of the stream an old man stares across at the couple.

Available on CD 166.



An Old Mole Catcher in Full Scent

An old man on horseback rides towards a young woman seated under a tree, preceded by two dogs.

Available on CD 166.



A Templar at his Studies

A lawyer sits in front of the fire, yawning and reading a brief. His room is filed with the paraphernalia of his profession; wigs, bills, books on crim. con. as well as a fancy dress costume and a pile of empty bottles. A young partially dressed woman sits at the table arranging her hair in the mirror.

Available on CD 166.



A Going! A Going!

A doctor pays a visit to his dying patient. The patient, pale and emaciated, is surrounded by various bottles of medicine. The fat, cheerful doctor addresses him:

"Dear Sir you look this Morning the Picture of health I have no doubt at my next visit I shall find you cured of all your earthly infirmitys."

In the doorway on the left, the invalid's wife looks on, concerned.

Available on CD 166.



The Coblers Cure for a Scolding Wife

A cobbler sews up the mouth of his wife, watched by a laughing young woman holding a candle.

Available on CD 166.



The Glutton

A stout man sits at the dining table in front of a roast bird, a knife and fork in each hand. On the left a maid pours foaming wine into a goblet, while a footman leans over the back of the man's chair. On the right three female servants enter the room carrying steaming dishes. In front of the table is a large wine-cooler full of bottles.

Available on CD 167.



The Hopes of the Family, or Miss Marrowfat at Home for the Holidays

A young woman sits by the fire, singing and playing the lute, to the delight of her very fat mother. In the background her father, Deputy Marrowfat, is working at the family butchers', chopping meat for an old woman. Joints of meat hang from the rafters.

Available on CD 167.



[Scenes at the Palais Royal, Paris]




Madame Very Restaurateur, Palais Royal, Paris

A large woman sits behind a table, in front of a mirror. On the left is a thin woman in profile.

Available on CD 167.



La Belle Liminaudiere au Caffee de Mille Collone, Palais Royal, Paris

A woman, in profile, sits a table looking at a magazine. On the left, a group of men sitting at a table look up at her.

Available on CD 167.



The Yorkshire Jockey or the Material of a Fox-hunters Head

A groom leads a horse round a yard. On the left, the owner and a potential customer stand in the doorway, under a sign which reads: 'A KEEN | HORSE DEALER'. The customer, on the left, asks:

"Well! I have no objection to the price, but you'll answer for it, he won't refuse timber*?"

The dealer, on the right, replies:

"Refuse timber!! why he'll leap over your head!! What do you think about that!!"

[Oct 1815]


The Yorkshire Jockey or the Material of a Fox-hunters Head

Available on CD 167.

[Oct 1815]


The Yorkshire Jockey or the Material of a Fox-hunters Head

Available on CD 167.

[Oct 1815]


John Bull Reading the Extraordinary Red Book

John Bull sits in a chair reading the 'red book' of pensions. He is stamping his feet and shaking his fist, and his wig has flown off in his rage. He says:

"Oh!! - Monstrous!! - that twenty-six state cormorants should swallow annually an aggregate sum; under the name of salaries, independent of the indefinible[sic] emoluments which result from the other sources of gain amounting to £453,652 can we any longer wonder that the love of place in these men should supersede every more exalted consideration". On the table next to him lies the mace and a list of names with the pensions they are...



The Learned A--S, or a Legal Construction of Rogues and Vagrants

Two lawyers fight each other with umbrellas. On the right is a constable, with his crowned stick. Above the lawyers are the lines: 'Full often we're told and true it may be | That two of a trade can never agree'.

Available on CD 167.

8 Jun 1817


Term Below, or the Road to Retribution

A group of judges and barristers ride to hell, on the backs of various animals. They are accompanied by the devil. They make comments relating to legal cases.

Available on CD 167.



Villagers Shooting Out their Rubbish

A group of villagers gather together. In their wheel barrows, from left to right, they have: a lawyer, holding a bag containing papers; a doctor with a selection of bottles; and a fat clergyman, with a drink-mottled complexion and gouty leg.

Available on CD 167.

15 Dec 1819


Finding of Arms, or a Midnight Domiciliary Visit to the Boarding School

A constable holding a search warrant enters the dormitory of a boarding school for young women. He is attacked by three teachers, one of whom is French. In the background pupils repeal the invasion of the constables. One empties her chamber pot onto one of the men, another beats a constable who has found a copy of Ovid's 'Art of Love' in her trunk.

Available on CD 167.

[Dec 1819]


[Country scenes published by Belch]


[c. 1800-1840]


Wild Duck Shooting

Two hunters standing by a lake. One is aiming at ducks. In the background is a house, and in the foreground, gun-dogs are chasing the ducks.

Available on CD 167.

[c. 1800-1840]


Pheasant Shooting

Two hunters standing in woodland. One aims at a pheasant in flight. In the background is a Palladian villa.

Available on CD 167.

[c. 1800-1840]


Partridge Shooting

Three hunters stand on ploghed farmland, surrounded by their dogs. One has just fired a shot at a flock of birds. In the background there are people harvesting in the fields, and also a small farm with a large haystack.

Available on CD 167.

[c. 1800-1840]


Old Times or Harvest Home

People dance and sing and play instruments in front of a farmhouse. On the right is a cart, piled high with the harvest. On the left, in front of the farmhouse is a table set out for dinner, with a side of beef, frothing tankards and a pudding. Next to the house is a barn piled high with hay, and in the background are hills and a church.

Available on CD 167.

[c. 1800-1840]


Photocopies of documents relating to George M. Woodward.




Letters relating to George M. Woodward

Photocopies of letters held at the Centre for Kentish Studies, Stanhope of Chevening Manuscripts. Letters between George and William Woodward, Earl Stanhope and Alexander Murray.



Transcription of a book dedication from George Woodward to his father, from Derby Local Studies Library.


[19th - 20th cent]

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