Damn Mambrino

Method Etching and drypoint
Artist James Bretherton after Henry William Bunbury
Published [c. 1779]
Dimensions Image 220 x 173, Sheet 250 x 185 mm
Notes A seated angry gentleman looks to the right, his dog is hunched, as if in apology, beside him. This print is a later state of a print first published with the title 'Damn Bucephalus!'. The first title referred to Peregrine Wentworth's racehorse Bucephalus, which came closest to beating the famous Eclipse at Newmarket in 1770. The title of this state alludes to Lord Grosvenor's racehorse Mambrino, which after a successful career had a failed comeback in 1779.

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 4731

Condition: Two small losses to right corners. Vertical stain to lower right. Trimmed within the platemark and tipped to an album page.
Framing unmounted
Price £80.00
Stock ID 45034