A Hint to Husbands
or the Dresser, properly Dressed
The catalogue lists
mezzotint print satires or drolls from London printsellers, a market that
flourished between 1760 and 1800. The catalogue includes those images,
over 600, that survive in North American collections and should be of
interest to social, literary, and print historians of the late eighteenth
The standard catalogue for these prints has been the eleven volume Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires Preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the the British Museum, compiled byFrederick Stephens and Dorothy George and published between 1889 and 1954. This catalogue of prints in North American collections stands as a supplement to the British Museum Catalogue(hereafter the BMC) which was confined to images the museum held at that time.The first and second sections of this catalogue describes those drolls preserved in North American collections that were not included in the BMC.
Out of the 5,500 prints at the British Museum that Stephens and George catalogued that were published between 1760 and 1800, around 330 were prints that they identified as mezzotint satires. Drawing solely upon the major, public North American collections, this catalogue presents another 425 images that have not been previously catalogued, as well as over 200 listed in the BMC. In addition, since no North American collection stands as a core archive to the degree that the British Museum does, this catalogue provides a cross-reference that should facilitate access to the riches of the American collections, even in their relatively scattered state.
The catalogue surveys
collections with major holdings in the mezzotint satire--Lewis Walpole
Library, Yale University; Yale Center for British Art, Yale University;
New York Public Library; Library of Congress, Colonial Williamsburg; Metropolitan
Museum of Art; Huntington Library; Harry Elkins Widener Collection at
the Harvard College Library--and several other archives with fewer, but
in some instances unique, impressions such as the John Carter Brown Library
at Brown University, the Mariners' Museum, and the Newberry Library.
of 18th Century British Mezzotint Satires in North American Collections
is organized in three sections as follows:
Each section has an index for quick reference with individual titles linked to the catalogue text. The dated section is also linked by dates to the list of dates at the section's heading. The entries in the first two sections include descriptions. For the third section, fuller descriptions of each image are available in Vols. III ii, IV, V, and VI, and VII of the BMC.
The descriptions of previously uncatalogued impressions in sections 1 and 2 are illustrated where possible by digital reproductions. All images include an embedded digital watermark and are covered under the following Copyright notice:
Each image or impression posted on this web-site is copyright to and the property of the collection or archive identified here as its source. Permission to include an image has been granted only for the scholarly purpose for which this web-page was designed. The appearance of an image here does not indicate or imply a permission to reproduce that extends beyond its inclusion in this web-page. Anyone seeking a reproduction of or to reproduce an image should apply to the appropriate archive through its photographic reproduction service.