H.W. Bunbury. “How to make a Mare Go” London, ca. 1780. Stipple and etching by William Dickinson. Printed in sepia. Very good condition.
A charming and humorous print by Henry William Bunbury, known as the “gentleman draughtsman.” Bunbury was a graduate of Cambridge and equerry to the Duke of York. As one of the most popular caricaturists of his time, Bunbury produced gently satirical illustrations of social life that were used by many of the leading engravers of the day, including Bartolozzi, Rowlandson, Dickinson and Gillray. Because his caricatures were not as caustic as some, he was able to appeal to the most fastidious of connoisseurs, such as Horace Walpole. While not as “sharp” as some caricaturists, Bunbury’s illustrations show wit and insight. The precise stipple work, softly printed in brown, adds to the elegance and appeal of this delightful print.