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The Gallery of Comicalities

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1867,0511.40

  • Title (series)

    • The Gallery of Comicalities
  • Description

    Part II: a broadsheet newspaper printed on four sides with sketches 'embracing all the sketches which have appeared in that popular journal, Bell's Life in London, since the 24th of June, 1831'. Each side contains a dozen or more small caricatures of London types. 24 December 1832
    Woodcut and letterpress

    Page 1. 'The portfolio of Lavater the second. / Fancy sketches from life. / The fancy dragsman.'; 'The hackney dragsman.'; 'The "jolly young waterman."'; 'A man of war laid up in ordinary.'; 'One of the twelve tribes.'; 'A bencher.'; 'Kitchen stuff, or cads of the aristocracy. / The footman.'; 'The swell coachman.'; The hall porter.'; 'The French cook.'; 'The English cook.'; 'Phisogs of the traders of London. / The butcher.'; 'The baker.'
    Page 2. 'The tailor.'; 'The cobler.'; 'The barber.'; 'The pawnbroker.'; 'Portraits down the road. [From the traveller's sketch book.] / The commercial traveller.'; 'The inside traveller.'; 'The outside traveller.'; 'The landlord.'; 'The landlady.'; 'The waiter.'; 'The bar-maid.'; 'The chamber-maid.'; 'Boots.'; 'The ostler.'; 'The post-boy.'
    Page 3. 'The modern Proteus. [From Mathews' Comic Annual for 1832.] / Mrs. Oberflachlich.'; 'Tom Piper.'; 'Silly Lynx.'; 'Adam Child.'; 'Vicissitudes of hunting. / Suspension; or, a candidate for the oaks.'; 'Aerostation, or, taking a flyer.'; 'Look before you leap.'; 'Contemplation; or, a long way from home.'; 'Mortality; or, in at the death.'; 'Human miseries. / Washing day; or, a water frolick.'; 'Too late from the club.'; 'The tight boot'; 'A visit from the white serjeant; or, recruiting at the tap.'; 'The smoky chimney.'; 'Trying it once too often.'; 'Dropping in at dinner time.'; 'Starving against your will.'; 'Taking leave, before you embark on board "The Fleet."'; 'A miserable dream.'; 'An agreeable playmate.'; 'Vicissitudes of a cab.'; 'A little un's misery.'; 'Drinking in the new year.'; 'Affectionate visitors.'; 'A new year's gift.'; 'Uncomfortable lodgings.'; 'The last misery of all.'
    Page 4. '"The cunning man;" or, Wellington turned conjuror.'; 'Grand prize fight between Grey (the champion) and Wellington (the pet of the Tories).'; 'Reaction; or, the reformer's retort.'; 'A rotten borough dismembered; or, the fruits of reform.'; 'Contrast; or, before and after "the bill.''; 'Contempt of court; or, little Sug. doing the amiable.'; 'Symptoms of Christmas, or good raisins for rapture.'; 'The cat-aline conspiracy.'; 'Modern improvements, or omnibus conveniences.'; 'Black cattle - an old tray among the fancy butchers.'; 'A sketch from Bagnigge Wells.'; 'All the fat in the fire.'; 'A family man - the miseries of weaning.'; ''Toasting a friend;' or, hospitality of Belzebub.'; 'Pot companions - Barclay, Perkins, & Co.'; 'Cutting a splash - after the play.'; 'Turks from the divan; or, puffing and blowen.'; 'The Norwood gipsey; or, secrets worth knowing at Beula Spa.'; 'Contrast in season.'; 'Debtor and creditor.'; 'Guy Fawkes for 1832.'

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1832
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 630 millimetres
    • Width: 445 millimetres (each sheet)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with price ('three pence') and title, followed by line: 'Which has appeared, from time to time, in that most popular sporting paper, "Bell's Life in London."', and publication detail: 'Printed and published by George Goodger, 169, Strand, London; of whom may be had (price three pence), part I., which was published June 24, 1831, and of which 128,000 copies were sold.' Further explanatory paragraphs on the first page, ending: 'Copies of part second of "The Gallery of Comicalities" will be taken back at the office of Bell's Life in London, No. 169, Strand, at the cost price, any time before the 24th December, 1833. Price to the trade, to sell [...], two shillings for twelve copies. Placards may be had for shop-windows. - Strand, December 24, 1832.'
        Several designs initialled 'IKM'.
  • Curator's comments

    For the whole series of eight parts, see 1867,0511.39 to 46. See also 1868,0808.12976, an impression with slightly variant lettering on the first page.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British Supplement 1832 Unmounted Imp)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Bell's Life in London
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1867

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1867,0511.40

Part II: a broadsheet newspaper printed on four sides with sketches 'embracing all the sketches which have appeared in that popular journal, Bell's Life in London, since the 24th of June, 1831'. Each side contains a dozen or more small caricatures of London types.  24 December 1832  Woodcut and letterpress    Page 1. 'The portfolio of Lavater the second. / Fancy sketches from life. / The fancy dragsman.'; 'The hackney dragsman.'; 'The "jolly young waterman."'; 'A man of war laid up in ordinary.'; 'One of the twelve tribes.'; 'A bencher.'; 'Kitchen stuff, or cads of the aristocracy. / The footman.'; 'The swell coachman.'; The hall porter.'; 'The French cook.'; 'The English cook.'; 'Phisogs of the traders of London. / The butcher.'; 'The baker.'  Page 2. 'The tailor.'; 'The cobler.'; 'The barber.'; 'The pawnbroker.'; 'Portraits down the road. [From the traveller's sketch book.] / The commercial traveller.'; 'The inside traveller.'; 'The outside traveller.'; 'The landlord.'; 'The landlady.'; 'The waiter.'; 'The bar-maid.'; 'The chamber-maid.'; 'Boots.'; 'The ostler.'; 'The post-boy.'  Page 3. 'The modern Proteus. [From Mathews' Comic Annual for 1832.] / Mrs. Oberflachlich.'; 'Tom Piper.'; 'Silly Lynx.'; 'Adam Child.'; 'Vicissitudes of hunting. / Suspension; or, a candidate for the oaks.'; 'Aerostation, or, taking a flyer.'; 'Look before you leap.'; 'Contemplation; or, a long way from home.'; 'Mortality; or, in at the death.'; 'Human miseries. / Washing day; or, a water frolick.'; 'Too late from the club.'; 'The tight boot'; 'A visit from the white serjeant; or, recruiting at the tap.'; 'The smoky chimney.'; 'Trying it once too often.'; 'Dropping in at dinner time.'; 'Starving against your will.'; 'Taking leave, before you embark on board "The Fleet."'; 'A miserable dream.'; 'An agreeable playmate.'; 'Vicissitudes of a cab.'; 'A little un's misery.'; 'Drinking in the new year.'; 'Affectionate visitors.'; 'A new year's gift.'; 'Uncomfortable lodgings.'; 'The last misery of all.'  Page 4. '"The cunning man;" or, Wellington turned conjuror.'; 'Grand prize fight between Grey (the champion) and Wellington (the pet of the Tories).'; 'Reaction; or, the reformer's retort.'; 'A rotten borough dismembered; or, the fruits of reform.'; 'Contrast; or, before and after "the bill.''; 'Contempt of court; or, little Sug. doing the amiable.'; 'Symptoms of Christmas, or good raisins for rapture.'; 'The cat-aline conspiracy.'; 'Modern improvements, or omnibus conveniences.'; 'Black cattle - an old tray among the fancy butchers.'; 'A sketch from Bagnigge Wells.'; 'All the fat in the fire.'; 'A family man - the miseries of weaning.'; ''Toasting a friend;' or, hospitality of Belzebub.'; 'Pot companions - Barclay, Perkins, & Co.'; 'Cutting a splash - after the play.'; 'Turks from the divan; or, puffing and blowen.'; 'The Norwood gipsey; or, secrets worth knowing at Beula Spa.'; 'Contrast in season.'; 'Debtor and creditor.'; 'Guy Fawkes for 1832.'

Recto

Part II: a broadsheet newspaper printed on four sides with sketches 'embracing all the sketches which have appeared in that popular journal, Bell's Life in London, since the 24th of June, 1831'. Each side contains a dozen or more small caricatures of London types. 24 December 1832 Woodcut and letterpress Page 1. 'The portfolio of Lavater the second. / Fancy sketches from life. / The fancy dragsman.'; 'The hackney dragsman.'; 'The "jolly young waterman."'; 'A man of war laid up in ordinary.'; 'One of the twelve tribes.'; 'A bencher.'; 'Kitchen stuff, or cads of the aristocracy. / The footman.'; 'The swell coachman.'; The hall porter.'; 'The French cook.'; 'The English cook.'; 'Phisogs of the traders of London. / The butcher.'; 'The baker.' Page 2. 'The tailor.'; 'The cobler.'; 'The barber.'; 'The pawnbroker.'; 'Portraits down the road. [From the traveller's sketch book.] / The commercial traveller.'; 'The inside traveller.'; 'The outside traveller.'; 'The landlord.'; 'The landlady.'; 'The waiter.'; 'The bar-maid.'; 'The chamber-maid.'; 'Boots.'; 'The ostler.'; 'The post-boy.' Page 3. 'The modern Proteus. [From Mathews' Comic Annual for 1832.] / Mrs. Oberflachlich.'; 'Tom Piper.'; 'Silly Lynx.'; 'Adam Child.'; 'Vicissitudes of hunting. / Suspension; or, a candidate for the oaks.'; 'Aerostation, or, taking a flyer.'; 'Look before you leap.'; 'Contemplation; or, a long way from home.'; 'Mortality; or, in at the death.'; 'Human miseries. / Washing day; or, a water frolick.'; 'Too late from the club.'; 'The tight boot'; 'A visit from the white serjeant; or, recruiting at the tap.'; 'The smoky chimney.'; 'Trying it once too often.'; 'Dropping in at dinner time.'; 'Starving against your will.'; 'Taking leave, before you embark on board "The Fleet."'; 'A miserable dream.'; 'An agreeable playmate.'; 'Vicissitudes of a cab.'; 'A little un's misery.'; 'Drinking in the new year.'; 'Affectionate visitors.'; 'A new year's gift.'; 'Uncomfortable lodgings.'; 'The last misery of all.' Page 4. '"The cunning man;" or, Wellington turned conjuror.'; 'Grand prize fight between Grey (the champion) and Wellington (the pet of the Tories).'; 'Reaction; or, the reformer's retort.'; 'A rotten borough dismembered; or, the fruits of reform.'; 'Contrast; or, before and after "the bill.''; 'Contempt of court; or, little Sug. doing the amiable.'; 'Symptoms of Christmas, or good raisins for rapture.'; 'The cat-aline conspiracy.'; 'Modern improvements, or omnibus conveniences.'; 'Black cattle - an old tray among the fancy butchers.'; 'A sketch from Bagnigge Wells.'; 'All the fat in the fire.'; 'A family man - the miseries of weaning.'; ''Toasting a friend;' or, hospitality of Belzebub.'; 'Pot companions - Barclay, Perkins, & Co.'; 'Cutting a splash - after the play.'; 'Turks from the divan; or, puffing and blowen.'; 'The Norwood gipsey; or, secrets worth knowing at Beula Spa.'; 'Contrast in season.'; 'Debtor and creditor.'; 'Guy Fawkes for 1832.'

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