[An English Postillion]

Method Etching
Artist James Bretherton after Henry William Bunbury
Published Publish'd 10th Jany 1774
Dimensions Image 187 x 135, Sheet 211 x 149 mm
Notes A full-length satirical portrait of an English postillion. He stands to the left in full profile, wearing a hat, large boots and carrying a whip. A townscape can be seen in the distance.

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 4747

Condition: Glue staining to bottom corners (not affecting image). Trimmed just within the plate mark and tipped to an album page.
Framing unmounted
Price £80.00
Stock ID 45033