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Henry Bunbury caricature Bit of Blood

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Bunbury - Bit of Blood


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English 18th century caricature by Henry Bunbury.


Published by William Dickinson in 1787. A man canters in profile to the left on a lean and broken-kneed horse whose hind-quarter is branded. He has only one rein attached to ill-fitting harness, and sits with his leg thrust forward and holds a club against his right shoulder. Behind him is a signpost: 'The Bridle Way to Horse-Lydown' (a pun on Horselydown, Southwark). In the background are trees and (left) the Thames with ships. Henry William Bunbury was the son of Sir William Bunbury of Mildenhall, Suffolk. After completing his studies at Cambridge University he began to draw caricatures and other comic subjects, the first of which were etched and published in 1771. Bunbury then quickly rose to become one of the greatest satirical artists of the day with his etchings such as the series entitled, Hints to Bad Horsemen. He also became close friends with the great artist, Thomas Rowlandson, who later engraved many of Bunbury's designs. Throughout his career, Henry Bunbury enjoyed the patronage of the Duke of York who appointed him his Equerry in 1787.

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artist After Henry W. Bunbury (1750-1811)
method Stipple engraving
date 1787
size 230mm by 190mm (platemark)
SKU CA2077