New reading, or, Shakspeare improved [graphic] : humbly dedicated to the keen critic of Drury Lane by a poor author.

Pubd. by Thos. Tegg, No. 111 Cheapside, London
Physical Description:
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; sheet 25 x 38 cm
Title etched below image.
Printmaker and date of publication from British Museum catalogue.
Plate numbered "347" in upper right corner.
Plate from: Woodward, G.M. Caricature magazine, or Hudibrastic mirror. London : Thomas Tegg, [1808?], v. 5.
Also issued separately.
Sheet trimmed to plate mark on two sides.
Temporary local subject terms: Hobbies -- Reference to: Richmond, John Plantagenet, Earl of, 1340-1372.
Myers; May 1942.
Bound in the set of five volumes, formerly owned by Henry Arthur Johnstone. Binding: red morocco with his initials stamped in gold on the front cover in a shield with crossed swords and three floral stamps above and one below; also four floral stamps on spine with volume number and spine title in gold: The caricature magazine. Leather endpapers with his ex libris blind stamped on front flyleaf -- a boat with large sail, with a cutout in the shape of the sun in upper left.
1 print : etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 25 x 35 cm, on sheet 25.6 x 41.8 cm.
Leaf 58 in volume 5.
"Kean as Richard III, in the usual costume of the part, see British Museum Satires No. 12325, &c., postures on Bosworth Field with drawn sword and declaims: "Methins [sic] there be six Richmonds in the field; five have I kill'd to day instead of him;!!! A Hobby! A Hobby my Kingdom for A Hobby!!!" Behind him (right) is a knight (? Catesby) holding erect a velocipede or hobbyhorse (see British Museum Satires No. 13399, &c.). He says: "Here my Liege! Here's a swift Hobby will convey you from the feild as fast as your legs will permit." He wears a helmet with horse's tail, corslet, trunk-hose, and flat strapped shoes. In the distance (left) the battle rages; men fight or flee on velocipedes. The ground is strewn with shattered velocipedes and the debris of battle."--British Museum online catalogue.
Variant Titles:
New reading, or, Shakespeare improved
Shakspeare improved
Associated Names:
Williams, Charles, active 1797-1830 [Printmaker]
Tegg, Thomas, 1776-1845 [Publisher]
Bicycles & tricycles
Bucke, Charles, 1781-1846
Johnstone, Henry Arthur
Kean, Edmund, 1787-1833
Richard II, King of England, 1367-140
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1819
Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1819
Content Type:
Prints & Photographs
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Source Title:
Caricature magazine, or, Hudibrastic mirror
Call Number:
Folio 75 W87 807 v.5
Orbis Record:
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
Digital version