[A French Postillion]

Method Etching
Artist James Bretherton after Henry William Bunbury
Published Publish'd 20th Jany 1774
Dimensions Image 190 x 145, Sheet 213 x 155 mm
Notes A full-length satirical portrait of a French postillion. He strides to the right, wearing comically big boots and carrying a whip. His queue is twisted and of considerable length.

James Bretherton (fl. 1750-1799) was an etcher, dealer and publisher in London. His brother was Charles Bretherton and is particularly associated with Henry William Bunbury, many of whose works he engraved and published. His stock of plates was auctioned in 1799.

Henry William Bunbury (1750–1811) was an English caricaturist. He was the second son of Sir William Bunbury, 5th Baronet, of Mildenhall, Suffolk. He was educated at Westminster School and St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and soon showed a talent for drawing, especially for humorous subjects. His more serious efforts were no great success, but his caricatures are as famous as those of his contemporaries Thomas Rowlandson and James Gillray. His designs were usually etched by Darly and Bretherton, and (from 1780s) Dickinson.

Ex. Col: Brigadier Noël Louis St Pierre Bunbury DSO (1890–1971)

BM Satires 4741

Condition: Small loss to bottom left corner (not affecting image). Surface dirt.
Framing unmounted
Price £75.00
Stock ID 45032