|Artist||James Bretherton after Henry William Bunbury|
|Published||Publish'd 1st March 1777|
|Dimensions||Image 227 x 254, Plate 249 x 267, Sheet 260 x 282 mm|
Two shifty looking men loiter in Catchpenny Alley. One of the pair has a despondent expression, his hands shoved deep in his pockets, the other holds a cane and gleefully records something in his notebook. Three dogs bark under a sign stating 'no thoroughfare here'. Only their heads are apparent (perhaps referencing Cerberus, the tri-headed dog of the Underworld?) A man's leg appears out of an open window above the men's heads, next to a hanging monkey. To the right a dog barks and scrabbles at the wall to get at a goose head that hangs from a windowsill.
James Bretherton (fl. 1750-1799) was an etcher, dealer and publisher in London. His brother was Charles Bretherton. He 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 4717
Condition: Tipped to an album page.