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The fumbler's clubb

Print shows a group of men, a nursemaid and a housemaid admiring a "baby" which is actually a cat wrapped in swaddling. Text under image is satire of man, unable to father children, who thinks a cat is his child.

Mr. Hobson, obyt ano 1630, vixit annos 86 / J. Payne fecit.

Print shows half-length portrait of Thomas Hobson, standing, facing front holding a money bag. Hobson was a weathly mail carrier from Cambridge, England, known for establishing the phrase "Hobson's choice."

A contented cuckold in the new fashion

Print shows a half-length portrait of a cuckold counting his wealth in the form of jewelry that his unfaithful wife receives as gifts from her suitors; through a window in the upper right corner can be seen the... more

James I, King of Great Britain, France, & Ireland, &c / M. Vdr. Gucht fecit.

James I, head-and shoulders portrait, facing right, in oval.

King Henry the Vth / E. Lutterell delin. ; P. Vanderbanck sculp.

Bust portrait of King Henry V, right profile, in oval.

The royal Portuguez : Mr. Isaac's new dance made for Her Majesty's birth day 1709 /

This ballroom dance for one couple, preserved in Feuillet notation, was choreographed by English dancing master Mr. Isaac (c. 1640-c. 1720) to music composed by James Paisible (d. 1721). The fifteen couplet dan... more

The royall gailliarde : Mr. Isaac's new dance made for Her Majesty's birth day 1710 /

This ballroom dance for one couple, preserved in Feuillet notation, was choreographed by English dancing master Mr. Isaac (c. 1640-c. 1720) to music composed by James Paisible (d. 1721). The fifteen couplet dan... more

The rigadoon royal : Mr. Isaac's new dance made for Her Majestys birth day 1711 /

This ballroom dance for one couple, preserved in Feuillet notation, was choreographed by English dancing master Mr. Isaac (c. 1640-c. 1720) to music composed by James Paisible (d. 1721). The eight couplet dance... more

The royal Ann : Mr. Isaac's new dance made for Her Majestys birth day 1712 /

This ballroom dance for one couple, preserved in Feuillet notation, was choreographed by English dancing master Mr. Isaac (c. 1640-c. 1720) to music composed by James Paisible (d. 1721). The eight couplet dance... more

The Pastorall : Mr. Issac's new dance made for Her Majestys birth day 1713 /

This ballroom dance for one couple, preserved in Feuillet natation, was choreographed by English dancing master Mr. Isaac (c. 1640-c. 1720) to music composted by James Paisible (d. 1721). The fourteen couplet d... more

The Godolphin : Mr. Isaac's new dance made for Her Majestys birth day 1714 /

This ballroom dance for one couple, preserved in Feuillet notation, was choreographed by English dancing master Mr. Isaac (c. 1640-c. 1720) to music composed by James Paisible (d. 1721). The five couplet dance ... more

A touch of the times

Print shows a woman playing cards with a monkey dressed as a man, two figures in masquerade attend to them, above and in the background are a musician, a man and a woman, and a cuckold, also seated is an owl sm... more

Whipping John of Islington

Print shows an interior view of a room in which a man holds a bare-bottomed woman with a pained look on her face on his back as another woman holds up the woman's dress and points to her naked backside; a man, ... more

The burning of the Crisis

People burning a broadside entitled the Crisis.

The assemble or conversation a la mode / Hune scp.

Well-dressed English people socializing.

The prodigals nurse, or modern heir / M. Iackson, invt. ; Boitard sculpt.

Print shows an interior view of a room in which a dapperly dressed young man, "Booby Squander, Esq.", turns over the deed to the family estate, his inheritance, to a money lender, the usurer "Solomon Thrifty", ... more

The harlots nurse, or modern procuress / Boitard sculpt.

Print shows an interior view of a room in which a tightly corsetted courtesan admires herself in a mirror as her maid, or procuress, views her from behind. This scene is mirrored by a cat toying with a mouse un... more

Flagellation / L'Agneau inv. ; June sc.

Print shows a man stepping through a door on the left to witness a woman with a handful of birch whipping the exposed buttocks of an elderly gentleman who appears to drive much pleasure from the punishment he i... more

A poor man loaded with mischief, or matrimon[y] / drawn by Experience ; engrav'd by Sorrow.

Print shows a man chained to wedlock carrying a woman on his back, her breasts exposed, she holds a cup labeled "gin" and toasts "My Bucks Health", and according to a pig in a pen, "She is as Drunk as David's S... more

The merry accident, or a print in the morning a chair, a chair, for the lady.

Print shows the well-known courtesan Catherine Maria "Kitty" Fisher sprawled on the ground after falling off her horse; several men quickly gather at the scene of her misfortune as another on horseback leaps a ... more

Beautys lot

Head-and-shoulders skeleton of a woman with a large, elaborate hairstyle.

The queen's arms, a night's amusement / Maucourt invt. et fecit.

Four men gathered for an evening of amusement, one appears to be forcing another to drink from a bowl.

The tomb-stone

Print shows several men, George Grenville, Lord Bute, the Duke of Bedford, and, as a small dog wearing clerical robes, Dr. W. Scott, labeled "AntiSejanus", dancing on a sarcophagus with bas-reliefs of "Britanni... more

Antisejanus Drink deep, or taste not the Porterian Spring.

Cartoon shows a full-length portrait of a man (possibly Dr. W. Scott) reading from a book, "The Perils of Poetry." In the background a winged donkey flies over a stream spilling from a barrel, labeled "Trin : C... more

The great financier, or British economy for the years 1763, 1764, 1765

Print shows George Grenville holding a balance with scales "Debts" and "Savings", the debt far outweighs savings; among those in line to contribute their savings is a Native American woman representing America,... more

The statue, or the adoration of the wise-men of the west

Print shows Dr. W. Scott on a pedestal, he is wearing clerical robes, a crown fashioned from tobacco leaves, and holding a branch from an apple tree in his right hand and a picture of the tax stamp; around the ... more

Common-wealth - the colossus

Print shows William Pitt walking on stilts; the right stilt, labeled "Sedition", points to New York, the left, labeled "Popularity", is firmly planted in London. He uses one crutch, labeled "Pension", for suppo... more

The new country dance, as danced at C****, July the 30th 1766

Print shows a number of prominent figures in a line dancing, above the dancers is John Wilkes riding behind a witch on a broom, he is defecating on Lord Bute; other dancers include the Prince of Wales, William ... more

The triumph of America

Print shows William Pitt, the first Earl of Chatham, driving a triumphal carriage in which rides a Native American representing America. The carriage is drawn by a team of six horses, "Royal Oak, Crafty, Weathe... more

Kudgello collecting materials to improve our morals

Print shows a man "Kudgello" using tongs to remove printed material, such as "Essay on Woman", from the toilet pit in an outhouse; on the floor a small pile of "materials" collected includes, "Dialogue ... Marr... more

A political, anatomical, satirical, lecture on heads and no heads; as exhibited at St. J--ms's 1766

Print shows the Earl of Bute holding up a bust of William Pitt as the starting point of his lecture on "Heads and No Heads"; on a table before him and on a shelf to the left are several busts identified by numb... more

[The repeal or the funeral of Miss Ame=Stamp]

Print shows a funeral procession on the banks of the Thames, with warehouses in a line in the background, one of which is inscribed "The Sheffield and Birmingham Warehouse Goods now ship'd for America." George ... more

An election entertainment at Brentford

A party of freeholders of Middlesex, seated at a table, dining, during the election of a M.P. for the county, Dec. 1768, when Sergeant Glynn, Wilkes's friend and counsel, opposed Sir William Beauchamp Proctor,... more

High life at midnight

Print shows a street scene: five upper class men and women returning home after an evening of entertainment are attacked by a group of lower class men armed with staffs intent on robbery. One of the well dresse... more

Frontispiece to the Middlesex Petition

Broadside showing, above three columns of text (comprising the petition), George III seated on his throne receiving several men, one, kneeling before him, presents the petition, on May 24th 1769.

High life at noon

Print shows an interior view of a room in which two men and two women are taking tea; on the left, a man with an extremely long ponytail attempts to prevent the entrance of a messenger carrying a bill from "Lor... more

High life at five in the morning

Print shows an interior view of a room; a duke has arrived home drunk at 5 a.m. to find his bedchamber occupied by another man. Through the open curtains around the bed can be seen a bare-breasted duchess. On t... more

The ever-memorable peace-makers settling their accounts

Print shows the Duke of Bedford, the Earl of Bute, and Lord Holland portrayed as a fox, with the Devil behind him, seated at a table. Lord Holland writes in a ledger labeled "Unacd Millions".

The city carriers

Print shows Samuel Turner, Lord Mayor of London, at the head of a procession, alongside Liberty, to present the petition of the Livery of London to the king. Truth rides sidesaddle on a donkey followed by Willi... more

The Chevalier D'--n producing his evidence against certain persons

Print shows opposing groups of government officials; Chevalier D'Eon, portrayed as an ape, vomits on Lord Bute who stands before other members of the Duke of Grafton's ministry and astride the Earl of Hillsboro... more

The machine to go without asses

Print shows George III and Liberty riding in a carriage labeled "Magna Charta" as it passes over the Duke of Grafton, the Earl of Bute, Lord Holland, and Lord Mansfield.

The times - taken from an original character which appear'd at the masquerade at Lincoln, Decr. the 21st 1769

Print shows the figure of a man draped with ribbons labeled with the issues of the times.

The Auction; or modern conoisseurs

Print depicts a group of fashionable ladies and gentleman attending an an auction. The two porters exhibit a picture turned upside down, but the audience does not notice.

Political electricity; or, an historical & prophetical print in the year 1770 / Bute & Wilkes invent. ; Mercurius & Appeles fect.

Detail showing convicts consisting of lords, esquires, and attorneys, in chains, boarding ship, for transport from England to Georgia, under the reign of King George III.

Jefferies, in the character of Atropos, cutting the thread of English Liberty

Print shows King John seated at a small table outside his tent, signing Magna Carta, behind him stand by two bishops. Four men are pulling a rope, the "thread of English Liberty", which is attached to King John... more

A council

"An engraving showing the Privy Council, or that portion of it which was known to include "the King's Friends", seated round a table, on which lie rolls of paper, being petitions presented to the King from "Mid... more

The courtiers assembled, on hearing the news of the death of the Rt. Honble. Wm. Beckford

Print shows a group of ministers seated around a table commenting on the news of William Beckford's death. Depicted are Jeremiah Dyson, John Montagu Sandwich, William Murray Mansfield, Sir Fletcher Norton, Augu... more

The pleasures of the married state / W. Proud del. et sculp.

Print shows a family gathering around a table, the husband, seated, is instructing a son who stands next to him with an open book, and the wife, seated opposite, holds an infant daughter, the children mimic the... more

Shah Allum in distress

"A design in two compartments illustrating an article in Biblical phraseology, 'The First Chapter of the Book of Kings' and 'The Lamentations'. In the upper part is depicted a meeting of the General Court of th... more

The enraged macaroni / Phil. Dawe invt. et fecit.

Woman fish vendor holding fish in face of dandy who is pulling knife from sheath, as another woman, in window behind him, cuts his hair.

What is this my son Tom

"Honest farmer" with adult son who has large, elaborate hairstyle and stylish clothes.

The Whitehall pump

Print shows Lord North pumping water from a water fountain topped with the head of George III onto the prostrate bodies of Britannia and a Native figure representing America. Several ministers and judges look o... more

The dissolution of P[arliamen]t

Print shows members of Parliament riding in a large carriage past a building commemorating "John Wilkes Esqr."

The Parlmt. dissolved, or, the Devil turn'd fortune teller / design'd & engrav'd by G. Terry, Paternoster Row.

Print shows Lord North and another minister with the Devil who has conjured a Native male figure, representing America, standing on a prostrate soldier and holding a building, representing Parliament, from whic... more

The mitred minuet

Print shows four Anglican bishops joining hands and dancing around a copy of the "Quebec Bill" which lies at their feet, on the left, Lord Bute, playing the bagpipes, and Lord North stand with another minister ... more

Miss V-gh-n [and] the American hero

Print shows cameo portraits of an American woman, Miss Vaughan and William Howe.

The congress or the necessary politicians

Print shows two men sitting in a privy, one uses pieces of the "Resolution[s] of the [C]ongress" to clean himself, while the other intently reads "P[amphlet En]titled Taxation [No] Tir[anny]", suggesting that w... more

Virtual representation, 1775

Print shows Lord Bute aiming a blunderbuss at a man representing colonial America; a member of Parliament, pointing at the American, tells Bute "I give you that man's money for my use", to which the American re... more

The Scotch Butchery, Boston, 1775

Print shows Lords Bute and Mansfield conferring, to their right stands Simon Fraser and Lord Wedderburn, "Deputies" to the aforenamed. On the far right are soldiers wearing Highland dress (of the 71st Regiment ... more

The thistle reel

Print shows Lords Bute, North, and Mansfield dancing around a large thistle entwined with a garter ribbon bearing the motto "Honi soit qui mal y pense"; Mansfield is holding the "Quebec Bill" in his left hand. ... more

The state blacksmiths forging fetters for the Americans

Print shows the interior of a blacksmith's shop with Lord Mansfield forging the links to a chain, Lord North standing to the left holding lorgnette and, in his right hand, a paper "An act for prohibiting all tr... more

Take your choice

Print shows two designs topped with crowns, on the left, a pyramid, labeled "Natural and civil liberty", and on the right, the scaffolding which supports the pyramidal structure; from a pedestal labeled "Army",... more

Oh heigh oh--Or a view of the back settlements

Rear view of woman with large, elaborate hairstyle.

The wise men of Gotham and their goose

Print shows Lord Bute, with sword raised, about to cut the head off the goose "who laid each day an egg of gold" representing British policies toward the American colonies. A corpulant bishop is sitting in the ... more

The blessed effects of venality

Print shows a man, possibly George III, chopping a leg "Commons" of a three-legged stool, "Lords" and "Privy Council" being the other two legs, which may represent the Parliament and its openness to corruption,... more

Protestants, remember the massacre of St. Bartholemews in Paris, & the burning of martyrs in Smithfield

Print shows a British minister handing a copy of the Québec Act to a kneeling bishop, George III is standing to the left, next to him is Lord Bute, with another minister and other clergymen completing the audie... more

Poor old England endeavoring to reclaim his wicked American children

Print shows England as an old man with wooden leg and crutch tugging on strings hooked onto the noses of five American men across a divide labeled "The Atlantic Ocean"; the men resist, shoot pellets at, and tau... more

The Englishman in Paris

Print shows an Englishman, only recently arrived, still wearing his hat, standing just inside the entrance of the home of a Frenchman at dinner time. He is eating the goose which he has taken off the serving pl... more

Miss L--n [and] the martial lover

Cameo portraits of a young woman, Miss L--n (who became his mistress) and Charles Stanhope, Earl Harrington, who is depicted wearing a military uniform; in ovals with ribbons at top.

The closet / Bute invt. ; Germaine ext. ; Mansfield sculpt.

Print shows in vignette, top right, George III in his secret chamber, "the closet", with Lord Bute, to whom the Devil whispers, Lord Germain, and Lord Mansfield; on the bottom right, a man holds a pistol to his... more

Review of the York Regiment / P. Canon delt. ; T. Parson sct.

Print shows William Markham, Archbishop of York speaking to Britannia while gesturing toward British troops wearing clerical bands and low-brimmed hats, he says, "Madam a noble Corps, True and Staunch Friends t... more

Miss Sp-c-r [and] the pliant premier

Cameo portraits of Charlotte Spencer and Frederick North; in ovals with ribbons at top.

[Wegens de staat der Engelsche natie, in't jaar 1778]

Cartoon shows America (represented by a man with feathered cap) cutting the horns off a cow (representing British commerce) which is being milked by a Dutchman, two men (representing France and Spain) are stand... more

Humours of May Day, pl. 2

Cartoon print showing bawdy (women?) revelers dancing in the street before a doorway inscribed "Lows."

La folie des deux partis, où vue politique de l'etat et de la nation Anglaise, avec les senateurs en personnes

Print shows a wagon, driven by Lord Bute, mired in the mud, and several men, including an Anglican bishop, pushing the cart which is drawn by five mules labeled Weymouth, Richmond, Senechal, Germain, and North,... more

An extraordinary, gazette, or the, disappointed politicians

Print shows a group of British politicians sitting and standing around a table in a public house or club reading the latest news of a dispatch from General Henry Clinton possibly referring to his evacuation of ... more

Mr. Trade & family or the state of ye nation / St--t, B--rn--d, & Co. origt. ; G--rm--e, N--h & Co. excr.

Print shows a ragged family driven to poverty probably through the policies and actions of the Earl of Bute, George Germain, and Lord North, with some able assistence by former Massachusetts governor Francis Be... more

The political raree-show: or a picture of parties and politics, during and at the close of the last session of Parliament, June 1779

Print shows a man directing a boy to view a peepshow of events and actions of the British government, as well as international affairs involving England. The peepshow presents 12 views in three columns; number ... more

The botching taylor cutting his cloth to cover a button / John Simpson aqua forti.

Print shows George III sitting on a table with the Earl of Bute preparing to cut a piece of cloth labeled "Ireland Great Britain Hanover." Lord North is standing to the left holding a piece of cloth already cut... more

Prattle / MD.

Print shows a full-length portrait of a man, right profile, holding hat in right hand. Includes inscription below which expresses the opinion of the character depicted regarding the progress of the war in America.

The birth-day ode* - as it was preformed before his M--, on the 4th of June, by the Royal Band

Print shows three musicians, Lord Sandwich on kettle drums, Lord North on violin, and Lord Germain on flute, accompanied by four singers as they present "The distresses of the nation: an ode performed in honor ... more

The European diligence

Print shows a Dutchman rolling a wheelbarrow over Britannia; along for the ride are France represented by a man leaning over the front of the wheelbarrow with a sword ready to stab Britannia, America represente... more

The English lion dismember'd or the voice of the public for an enquiry into public expenditure

Print shows, on the left, Lord North carrying a large sack labeled "Budget" over his shoulder, tethered to the sack by chain is a lion from which America (represented by a Native man wearing feathered headdress... more

[Association meeting at York]

Print shows an allegorical representation of a meeting of the Association of York during which all disputes were amicably settled.

The desponding hero of the Coldstream - a military madrigal

Print shows dejected members of the Coldstream Guards sitting around a banquet table bemoaning a possible assignment in America. Includes five stanzas of verse.

Freedom, peace, plenty, all in vain advance ...

Print shows Britannia carrying a staff topped with a liberty cap and followed by attendants from a temple in the background on the right, advancing over weapons and a shield decorated with fleur-de-lis and a pa... more

Den Engelsman op zyn uiterste l'Anglois a toute extremitez.

Print shows the interior of a bedroom where an Englishman is vomiting over the left side of a bed into a bowl held by a Dutchman, two men are standing on the right side of the bed, one labeled "Dr B Franklin" a... more

Westminster election 1780 / E--g inv.

Print shows Lord Lincoln standing on the right of St. Paul's portico, Charles James Fox standing in the center with Britannia and the British lion, and on the left, James Young, acting as proxy for Admiral Rodn... more

John Bull triumphant

Print shows a bull tossing a Spaniard into the air, the Earl of Bute, Lord North, and the Earl of Mansfield are attempting to hold it back by pulling on its tail; a Frenchman and America (represented by a Nativ... more


Print shows George III seated in a chair asleep, on the left stands a judge (possibly the Earl of Mansfield) with his left hand on the crown, behind the throne stands the Earl of Bute, speaking to Mansfield, he... more