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D6052

George M Woodward: sketchbook and published works

 

1781-1809

D6052/1

Original Sketches from Life Etc.

Bound sketch book consisting of title page and seven sketches, all drawn in pen and ink.

1781

D6052/1/1

Original Sketches : from Life : etc : Satirical and Humourous : Book the III ; Drawn by : George Murgatroyd Woodward

Title page.

[1781]

D6052/1/2

All the Worlds a Stage

A young woman reclines in clouds, in her hand is a piece of paper marked

'Original Sketches from Life etc Book III and above her head is written 'Drawn by George Murgatroyd Woodward'.


Below her is a stage, peopled with tiny figures, and entitled:

'Shakespears Characters'. Beneath the stage, two lounging satyrs point to an inscription:

'Out of a Mountain came a Mountain of delight. Laughter […] out to see the sign. Falstaff was his name. And Lo. Sir John'.


On the verso is a contents list for the sketchbook:


'Containing : 1 Amusement for Leisure Hours : 2 A Peep into Surgeons Hall : 4...

20 Jul 1781

D6052/1/3

Amusement for Leisure Hours

Four men with bayonets stand to attention, while an officer, in cocked hat and bag-wig, faces them and flourishes his sword. Two of the men are wearing aprons, and may be volunteers with the militia.

[1781]

D6052/1/4

A Peep into Surgeons Hall

A man seated in a high-backed chair uses a long stick to point at a dissected cadaver. Around the table are seated twelve men, showing varying degrees of interest or revulsion.

One comments: "Oh horrible sight". Another remarks "What a store of knowledge". A third says: "It is amazing".

[1781]

D6052/1/5

A Visit to Vauxhall

A crowd of spectators watch singers and musicians perform in a raised pavilion in the Vauxhall pleasure gardens.

[1781]

D6052/1/6

The Temple of Hymen

A scene outside Dr. Graham's 'Temple of Hymen'. Various figures walk or loiter in the street, including a man carrying a table and two waiting chair-carriers. A man and woman are waiting at the door of the 'Temple'.

[1781]

D6052/1/7

A Peep in the Adelphi on the Day of Sale

An auction scene inside the Adelphi. People look at a fantastical contraption, resembling a gazebo, in the centre of the room. On the right an auctioneer raises his gavel, watched by a number of men wearing bag-wigs. There are various items marked with their lot number, and a man with a piece of paper marked 'Out of place' protruding from his pocket, sits dozing on a chair.

[1781]

D6052/1/8

A Visit to the Playhouse

An interior scene in a theatre. In the gallery sit a stern looking couple, both wearing high toupée wigs. Footmen stand behind other spectators sitting in the gallery, and one man is being passed a tankard by someone on the stalls.


Below the gallery is a sea of faces; most are watching the play, whilst some laugh or yawn. On the left are some of the musicians from the orchestra.

[1781]

D6052/2

Printed Books

 

 

D6052/2/1

An Olio of Good Breeding : with Sketches illustrative of the Modern Graces!!

Printed book, written and illustrated by Woodward.

[1801]

D6052/2/2

The Musical Mania! for the Year 1802

Printed book, written and illustrated by Woodward.

1802

D6052/2/3

The Fugitive and other Literary Works, in Prose and Poetry

Printed book, written by Woodward, with a portrait of the author by Cooper.

1805

D6052/2/4

The Art of Ingeniously Tormenting

Printed book, illustrated by Woodward.

1809

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