1242 items found
The South East prospect of Westminster Bridge,£300
The South East prospect of Westminster Bridge,Original copper-engraving, in 19th century Hogarth pattern frame..£300
Credulity, Superstition and Fanaticism. A Medley. after William Hogarth£275
Credulity, Superstition and Fanaticism. A Medley. after William Hogarth
In this image Hogarth ridicules secular and religious credulity, and questions the exaggerated religious “enthusiasm” of the Methodist movement. The print was originally engraved in 1761, with the title Enthusiasm Delineated, but never published. Hogarth reworked the engraving before publishing it on 15 March 1762 as Credulity, Superstition and Fanaticism: A Medley.
It shows a preacher speaking to a church congregation from the top of a high pulpit. His text is opened at a page which reads “I speak as a fool”, and he is wearing a Harlequin jacket under his gown. The print includes visual references to more than a dozen reputed instances of witchcraft, possession and apparitions in England. In a box pew at the foot of the pulpit, another clergyman pushes an icon of the Cock Lane ghost down the shirt of a young lady in the throes of religious ecstasy. The “Poors Box” has grown cobwebs and to the right, standing on copies of John Westley’s Sermons, and Glanvill’s Book of Witches, a religious thermometer measures the emotional states of a brain. On top of the thermometer is an image of the Cock Lane ghost, and the Drummer of Tedworth.
The congregation are in various states of ecstasy, grief and horror. Another minister sings, accompanied by weeping cherubs. A shoe-black vomits nails and pins, a reference to the boy of Bilson, who ate metal items
This scene of madness is watched by a turbaned Turk, quietly smoking a pipe, and thanking the prophet that he is a Muslim.
Above the congregation is suspended “A New and Correct Globe of Hell by Romaine”. William Romaine being a leading figure of eighteenth-century Evangelicalism.£275
Pit Ticket, after William Hogarth£275
Pit Ticket, after William Hogarth
The scene takes place in the Royal Cockpit in Birdcage Walk near St James’s Park.
Cockfighting was a popular sport enjoyed by men from all levels of society. In the centre, the figure of the blind Lord Albermarle Bertie presides over the fight, taking bets as a thief steals one of his banknotes, whist diagonally opposite it the foreground watches a hangman. Two cocks are fighting on the left side of the cockpit; one foot of each feeder is visible at opposite ends of the fighting table. A shadow, is cast by a man suspended overhead in a basket who has been “exalted” He is an unlucky one who could not pay for a lost bet. According to the laws of the cockpit such one is put into a basket and drawn up to the ceiling. In this pitiful position the punished one is carried away by the common passion. He offers his watch for betting.
The royal arms hang on the brick wall at the back left of the image, inscribed with a broadside depicting Nan Rawlings the ‘Duchess of Deptford’ a cock-breeder and well-known figure on the fighting circuit. An oval medallion hangs in the centre foreground, inscribed with a cock crowing and the phrase “Royal Sport.” This medallion is named “Pit Ticket,” a word written on either side of it, and represents a token of admission to the cockfight.£275
Life in London by Pierce Egan£1,500
Life in London by Pierce Egan
The names are Tom and Jerry are these days synonymous with the cat and mouse cartoons of 1940s, but to a nineteenth century ear, whether Regency or Victorian, they belonged to the rakish Corinthian Tom and his cousin from the country Jerry Hawthorne who, along with their friend Bob Logic, roamed the streets of the capital in search of a good time in Egan’s boisterous comic serial Life in London.
Described as ‘a faithful Portraiture of High & Low Life’ from the West End to the East End, Pierce Egan’s comical monthly was one of the popular sensations of its day. The central characters, Tom, Jerry and Logic were well-heeled young men about town, keen to see ‘a bit of life’ in the poorer districts of London. Their escapades and misadventures were largely autobiographical, being drawn from the lives of Egan himself and his illustrators, George and Robert Cruikshank and Isaac Richard.
One of the key achievements of Egan’s Life in London was using contemporary slang as the basis of its style. As a result of the success of Life in London, the names Tom and Jerry became proverbial for young men causing disorder.£1,500
A French carved wood horse’s head,£780
A French carved wood horse’s head,circa 1900.£780
Weathered keystones,£75 each
Weathered keystones,concrete. Eight available.£75 each
A highly decorative suite of double hung silk curtains,£5,200
A highly decorative suite of double hung silk curtains,
in hues of green, gold and rose, lined and interlined with graduating asymmetrical swags and tails, with underlying curtains in wet look bronze striped silk, the top curtains in contrasting green silk, trimmed with contrasting green, gold and pink tassel fringe with picot edging ribbon.
Please contact us before purchasing for additional condition photos£5,200
A Dutch style brass six branch chandelier,£1,300
A Dutch style brass six branch chandelier,re-wired.£1,300
A plain Burmese Teak topped table£750
A plain Burmese Teak topped tableA plain Burmese Teak topped table£750
A chrome and neon ‘Restaurant’ sign,£3,000
A chrome and neon ‘Restaurant’ sign,neon tubing in tact but in need of rewiring,£3,000
Highly decorative swag pelmets£890 – £2’000.00 depending on size
Highly decorative swag pelmetsin moss green silk with dusty rose rope and tassel trimmings. Decorative hold ups of matching rose detailed tassels. Three sections available.£890 – £2’000.00 depending on size
A George III pine chimneypiece,£4,650
A George III pine chimneypiece,having stepped shelf, leading to dentil detail above a well carved frieze centered by detailed flower and garlands flakned by a stylised eagles and foliate and leaf details, white marble ingrounds framed by carved details of shell and leaf motifs raised on marble footblocks£4,650