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Reid 4799. An illustrated book entitled “Points of humour.”
Lettered on the title page: “Points of Humour; Illustrated by the designs of George Cruikshank. London: Published by C. Baldwin, Newgate Street. 1823.” On the verso: “Printed by London: D.S. Maurice, Fenchurch Street.”
With the following illustrations:
Point I. “The point of honour.” BM Satires 14599. Reid 1107.
In a dignified panelled room (in 1777) a Virginian officer, accused of cowardice for refusing a duel, stands with folded arms over a smoking grenade, while his brother officers stampede, climbing over each other to reach the door.
Reid 3229. Tail-piece in lines and dots, a smoking grenade with legs, claws, and tail pursues these officers.
[Point II. The short courtship.] BM Satires 14600. Reid 1108.
In a ramshackle attic a man and woman in a truckle-bed regard each other with astonishment, while grinning heads look in through gaps in the plank door. The result of drunkenness in the same gutter.
Reid 3230. Tail-piece: Bacchus and Hymen walking arm-in-arm.
[Point III. Yes or no?] BM Satires 14601. Reid 1109.
Frederick the Great sits at a writing-table, amused at his little grandson who stands, battledore in hand, demanding the return of his shuttlecock.
Reid 3231. Tailpiece: a small dog tugs at the tail of a grazing bull.
[Point IV. Exchange no robbery.] BM Satires 14602. Reid 1110.
The miller sits, contentedly gorging bacon, while his wife fries rashers, throwing an agonized glance at a face (the squire's) looking glumly down from a grandfather clock.
Reid 3232. Tail-pieces: Miller and publican, the former discovering bank-notes in the breeches he has hastily put on.
Reid 3233. The town-crier hawking the squire's well-known breeches.
[Point V. The jolly beggars...] BM Satires 14603. Reid 1111.
One of four illustrations to Burns's poem: scenes in a wayside whisky-house. The ragged old soldier with a peg-leg, and stump for r. arm, sits by the fire, his doxy on his knee.
Reid 3234. Tail-piece: a ranting preacher on an overturned wheelbarrow addressing a few devout peasants.
[Point VI. The jolly beggars... II] BM Satires 14604. Reid 1112.
The lusty ragged tinker seizes the 'pigmy scraper wi' his fiddle,' while the woman, holding a glass of whisky, watches complacently.
[Point VII. The jolly beggars... III] BM Satires 14605. Reid 1113.
A ballad-hawker with his box of broadsides rises to sing, 'his twa Deborahs' seated one on each side.
[Point VIII. The jolly beggars... IV] BM Satires 14606. Reid 1114.
A view of the thatched whisky-house, in which the incidents of BM Satires Nos. 14603-5 are depicted, with other figures, including three small children in violent conflict.
Reid 3235. Tail-piece: a beggars' wayside encampment, with a distant gibbet.
[Point IX. The downfall of Holy Church] BM Satires 14607. Reid 1115.
A file of fat and bloated priests, each with a lighted candle, headed by the Archbishop of Riga in robes and mitre, all fall headlong down steps leading to a cavern, impelled by the last, an abbot, who starts the catastrophe.
[Point X. A visit without form] BM Satires 14608. Reid 1116.
Cardinal Bernis steps into a magnificent room through a window, lured to an assignation, and is greeted by the lady's husband with a crowd of servants holding torches.
Reid 3236. Tail-piece: a slinking cur, tail between legs.
Letterpress book with etched illustrations and wood-engraved tail-pieces
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Height: 233 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 148 millimetres (approx. page size)
- Curator's comments
- One of two parts bound together in one book (184.c.20). For Part II, see 1865, 0809.25.
(Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', X, 1952)
The Reid catalogue numbering is not consecutive as wood engravings and etchings are catalogued seperately.
BM Satires Nos.14599-14608 (pressmark 184.c.20) are plates to Part I, Points of Humour (1823). Each 'Point' has a vignetted etching on large paper and, except Nos. 14604, 14607, a tiny woodcut tail-piece. There are proofs, two designs on one plate, of Nos. 14603-4, 14606, 14608, and an India proof of No. 14602 (sets of India proofs, price 12s. 6d., having been separately issued without text, in a wrapper). Published in wrappers, 8s. plain ['. . . dog-cheap, as things go'. Blackwood's Magazine, xiv. 26], 12s. 6d. coloured. Reid, Nos. 1107-16, 3229-36, 4799. Cohn, No. 176. Praised, J. G. Lockhart, Blackwood's Magazine, July 1823; W. M. Thackeray, Essay, pp. 13-16.
Part II, 1824, Reid, Nos. 1227-36, 3266-77, has not been described in George (BM Satires), the plates being more purely illustrative.
A number of drawings for the illustrations can be seen in the Department of Prints and Drawings' collections:
I. For a pencil drawing and studies for individual figures, see 1891,1117.64 (Binyon, i. 286. Pressmark 199.c.1/64).
II. For a pencil sketch, in reverse, and alternative studies, see 1891,1117.65 (Binyon, i. 286. Pressmark 199.c.1/65).
III. For a pencil sketch and studies for Frederick's hand and pen, also studies for Frederick's head, the child, and other figures, see 1891,1117.66, 1891,1117.67 (Binyon, i. 286. Pressmark 199.c.1/66,67).
IV.For a pencil drawing, together with finished studies for the tail-pieces, see 1891,1117.68 (Binyon, i. 286. Pressmark 199.c.1/68).
A woodcut copy reversed and without clock: "Dinner Time; or, how to comfort the inward man." in the 'Gallery of Comicalities' (Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle), 6 Jan. 1828.
V. (The Jolly Beggars.) For a pencil drawing and several studies for the heads, see 1891,1117.69 (Binyon, i. 286. Pressmark 199.c.1/69).
VI. For three pencil drawings, two in reverse, and with studies for the heads, see 1891,1117.70, 1891,1117.71 (Binyon, i. 286. Pressmark 199.c.1/70,71).
VII. For two pencil drawings, one in reverse, with an alternative design for the ballad-hawker, see 1891,1117.72, 1891,1117.73 (Binyon, i. 287. Pressmark 199.c.1/72,73).
VIII. For two pencil studies, see 1891,1117.67 (verso), 1891,1117.74 (Binyon, i. 286, 287. Pressmark 199.c.1/67, rev., 74).
IX. For two pencil sketches, with studies (unused) for separate figures, see 1891,1117.75, 1891,1117.76 (Binyon, i. 287. Pressmark 199.c.1/75,76).
X. For two pencil studies, one in reverse, with an alternative design for the subject and studies of profiles, including self-portraits of George Cruikshank, see 1891,1117.77 (Binyon, i. 287. Pressmark 199.c.1/77).
The illustrations for "Points of Humour" Volume 1 were formerly catalogued as individual entries with part numbers. These numbers are now obsolete as the entries have been synthesized into one record. However, the previous numbers can be found under "Other Number" for reference.
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Other BM number: 1856,0809.24.1 (Individual illustrations were previously given part numbers)
Other BM number: 1856,0809.24.10 (Individual illustrations were previously given part numbers)
Other BM number: 1856,0809.24.2 (Individual illustrations were previously given part numbers)
Other BM number: 1856,0809.24.3 (Individual illustrations were previously given part numbers)
Other BM number: 1856,0809.24.4 (Individual illustrations were previously given part numbers)
Other BM number: 1856,0809.24.5 (Individual illustrations were previously given part numbers)
Other BM number: 1856,0809.24.6 (Individual illustrations were previously given part numbers)
Other BM number: 1856,0809.24.7 (Individual illustrations were previously given part numbers)
Other BM number: 1856,0809.24.8 (Individual illustrations were previously given part numbers)
Other BM number: 1856,0809.24.9 (Individual illustrations were previously given part numbers)