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Reid 4389. Volume 3 of 'The universal songster.' a compilation of song words with wood engraved vignette illustrations by George and Robert Cruikshank. Bound in marbled cardboard with a green leather spine.
Lettered on the title-page: "The universal songster; or, museum of mirth: forming the most complete, extensive and valuable collection of ancient and modern songs in the English language with a copious and classified index, [with a list of subject headings]. Embellished with a humorous characteristic frontispiece, and twenty-nine woodcuts, designed by George and Robert Cruikshank, and engraved by JR Marshall."
1. Reid 3379. The illustration on the title-page represents three men holding open books and jointly singing: "Sing we in harmony Apollo's praise. Apollo looking down from the clouds above. With a border of two garlanded columns and wreathed arch. With the publisher's details at the foot of the page: "Vol III. London: Printed for John Fairburn, Broadway, Ludgate-Hill; Simpkin and Marshall, Stationers' Court; and Sherwood, Gilbert and Piper, Paternoster-Row. 1826."
A compilation of song words bound as a book with an etched frontispiece and wood engraved illustrations.
Each wood engraved illustration is lettered or initialled to indicate which of the Cruikshank brothers produced it. Robert Cruikshank is responsible for the majority of the illustrations in this volume and the wood engraver H. White has also signed or initialled a number of illustrations. (See below)
2. BM Satires 15271. Reid 1345. The frontispiece illustration represents five little scenes and four whole-length figures are framed by drapery, garlands, &c., with two masks of singers. The figures include two broom-girls, one elegant, singing 'Buy a Broom' (see BM Satires No. 15298), the other clumsy, singing (as in the streets), and a Quaker (as on the stage), thumbs together: 'Ti tum ti' (See BM Satires No. 10684).
Lettered with title and partly cropped production detail: 'Etched by George Cruikshank, from a design of Alfred Crowquil. Esq. & finished by J. H. Hurdis.'
3. BM Satires 15272. Reid 3402. ‘The lover's mistake.’
Page 1. A (draped) monkey descends a rope-ladder from a balcony to the dismay of a young man, tricked by the father of the lady: she is leaving the front door to join him. Initialled GC and lettered JR Marshall sc.
4. BM Satires 15273. ‘Miss M'Cann; or, the old maid's levee.’
Page 17. An old maid, surrounded by money-bags, sits on a sofa, stopping her ears and screaming at a fiddle played by a grimacing and posturing foreign music-master. Initialled RC/ JRM.
5. BM Satires 15274. ‘Doctor Monro.’
Page 33. Two topers: one, an old doctor, drinks with his patient and friend, a dandy who sings, raising his glass. 'Monro' implies a specialist in lunacy, cf. BM Satires No. 6495; his function here is advice against matrimony. Initialled RC/ JRM.
6. BM Satires 15275. ‘For joke's sake, love poor Dingy.’
Page 49. A cheerful young fellow sits in a snug parlour with a black woman described in the song as, 'poor Dingy', on his knee. There are tea-things, candles, and a boiling kettle. Initialled RC/ JRM.
7. BM Satires 15276. ‘Christmas nuptials; or, matrimonial discipline!’
Page 65. An irate man lashes at his wife with a whip. She runs off, while her hideous and terrified lover watches from behind the bed-curtains. Initialled RC/ JRM.
8. BM Satires 15277. ‘Somno; or, the sleep-walker awake.’
Page 81. Kitchen scene. A man with closed eyes scatters plates, &c., from the dresser, while a distraught and angry woman enters, candle in hand. Initialled RC and W ? (below the sleepwalker’s foot).
9. BM Satires 15278. ‘The adventures of Paul Pry.’
Page 97. Liston as Paul Pry, with his umbrella, gazes at a nude Venus who holds drapery. Illustration to the lines: 'They've got me in the picture-shops, they have upon my honour; / I'm next to Venus, which. they say, is quite a libel on her'. See BM Satires No. 15138; cf. No. 14878. Lettered: “R. Cruikshank DEL.” And “JR Marshall sc.”
10. BM Satires 15279. ‘Paddy Shannon and Widow Watkins.’
Page 113. An Irishman, seated on a pony, jovially serenades an unrelenting widow who looks from the window of a very rustic cottage. Lettered: “R. Cruikshank. Del.”/”J.Marshall Sc.”
11. BM Satires 15280. ‘Looney Mactwolter.’
Page 129. In a sordid room a hideous couple sleep, leaning on a table, the woman's arm round the neck of the man, a hunchback. Her Irish admirer points at them with a cynical grin. Initialled RC.
12. BM Satires 15281. ‘Sir Gooseberry Gimcrack and Miss Squash.’
Page 145. A lean old man (left) in old-fashioned dress with bag-wig tries to tug a huge and hideous woman between posts. A signpost points 'To Gimcrack Hall'. On a notice-board: 'Rubbish may be shot here'. Cf. BM Satires Nos. 6138, 6768, on the same theme. Initialled RC.
13. BM Satires 15282. ‘Well met pretty maid’
Page 161. A smartly dressed sportsman flirts with a coy milkmaid, taking her milk-pail. Initialled “RC”
14. BM Satires 15283. Neddy Brown and Polly Jenkins; ...
Page 177. The headless ghost of a tall thin soldier, draped in a sheet, seizes a terrified young woman round the waist. His head (which he has thrown at her) watches grimly from the floor. Initialled “RC.”
15. BM Satires 15284. ‘The Monstrous Horns at Highgate.’
Page 193. At the tavern door a monstrous pair of ox-horns is held above the head of a stiff footman, watched by host, hostess, and a buck holding a tankard. A favourite subject, see BM Satires No. 8923, &c. Lettered “R. Cruikshank Del” and “White sc.”
16. BM Satires 15285. ‘The exciseman's disaster; or, Dipstick in the tan-pit.’
Page 209. A big curly dog drags a terrified gauger by the hair from a tan-pit, while the fat tanner laughs. Initialled RC/ HW.
17. BM Satires 15286. ‘Ireland's the nation or shellelagh-law.’
Page 225. Two Irishmen fight with cudgels at Donnybrook Fair (cf. BM Satires No. 15193).
18. BM Satires 15287. ‘London at five in the morning.’
Page 241. Scene in Covent Garden Market, the church, vegetable stalls, &c., in the background. A dishevelled dandy in colloquy with a basket-woman who is smoking a pipe, and wears a man's coat and hat. An amused hackney-coachman watches them. Lettered “R. Cruikshank del.” And “H. White Sc.”
19.BM Satires 15288. ‘Bob Pointer, the Dunstable coachman; ...’
Page 257. The outside of a stage-coach on a country road, a signpost pointing to 'London'. The rakish driver embraces a pretty girl on the box-seat. The guard blows his horn. Initialled RC/ W.
20. BM Satires 15289. ‘The bee proffers honey, but bears a sting.’
Page 273. A knight in black armour kneels, holding up a favour, to a lady holding a guitar, who makes a gesture of negation. Lettered “R. Cruikshank.”/ “White.”
21. BM Satires 15290, Reid 3403. ‘Life of a collegian’.
Page 289. An undergraduate (an Oxonian, but with a gyp, not a scout), cap in hand, faces an angry obese tutor, pointing to an old Jew seated with a book, while a pretty girl hides behind a screen. The Jew, a money-lender, he describes as a great Hebrew rabbi, 'come to discuss the extraction of some Hebrew roots'. Initialled GC/ W.
22. BM Satires 15291. ‘Be gone, you saucy fellow!’
Page 305. In a milliner's shop, a captain (in a field-marshal's cocked hat) gestures extravagantly towards the milliner, pointing to a coach at the door. She dismisses him with a pert smile, but keeps his purse. Initialled RC/ HW.
23. BM Satires 15292. ‘L'amore infelicita! A mock Italian cantata.’
Page 321. A lady stands between an old beau who kisses her hand, and a man with a guitar (resembling Liston) whom she strikes on the nose with her fist. Cf. BM Satires No. 11203, another mock Italian song. Lettered “R. Cruikshank” and “White.”
24. BM Satires 15293. ‘Elections for ever.’
Page 337. A cobbler (resembling Liston) sits on his bench outside his cottage frowning up at a man wearing a star, who bows, hat in hand, a handsome lady behind him. Cf. BM Satires no. 6548. Initialled RC/ W.
25. BM Satires 15294. ‘Toe tum ti; or, Ruth and her two lovers.’
Page 353. A rakish-looking dandy quicks a grotesque Quaker who hurries away to the left, while a pretty Quaker girl stands with hands clasped and thumbs raised. See BM Satires no. 10684 (another scene from Dibdin's play). Lettered RCk del.
26. BM Satires 15295. ‘Oh! 'tis love!’
Page 369. Breakfast-table scene. A well-dressed virago hurls a full tea-pot at her husband's head; the Times is on the floor. Initialled RC/ W.
27. BM Satires 15296. The washing day.
Page 385. A man crouches over a kitchen fire, smoking; he shrinks from the turmoil in the room, where his handsome wife savagely thrashes a little boy and a woman stands at a wash-tub, among clouds of steam; clothes hang on a line. Cf. BM Satires No. 10838.
28. BM Satires 15297. ‘The sailor-boy capering ashore.’
Page 401. A young sailor dances, surrounded by admiring black women, while a companion fiddles. Behind are palm-trees and tents. Initialled RC/ W.
29. BM Satires 15298. ‘Buy a broom.’
Page 417. Scene in a London square. A broom-girl, see BM Satires No. 14769, 7c., offers a broom to a fashionably dressed couple. This popular song by Planché is echoed in many prints of broom-girls. Cf. BM Satires No. 15271. Lettered with an illegible monogram and W (r).
30. BM Satires 15299. ‘Poppies; or, why are you wandering here, I pray?’
Page 433. A coy country girl and a grinning yokel are addressed by a stooping old man, pruriently inquisitive. Initialled RC.
A compilation of songs with an etched frontispiece and wood engraved illustrations
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Height: 211 millimetres (approx. page size)
Width: 134 millimetres (approx. page size)
- Curator's comments
- The third of 3 volumes, 184.f.5 to 184.f.7.
Description from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and personal satires in the department of prints and drawings in the British Museum.' Titles given to the illustrations are the titles to the corresponding songs.
Only illustrations by George Cruikshank have Reid numbers.
The date on the titlepage is 1826, but according to Cohn the date is 1828. There were many subsequent editions. For extensive information on editions, see Cohn 820.
Originally issued in eighty four weekly numbers. However, the index and page numbering show that this volume has been created as a book rather than a collection of weekly issues.
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