The St. James Macaroni

Method Etching
Artist James Bretherton after Henry William Bunbury
Published [1772]
Dimensions Image 230 x 162, Sheet 260 x 176 mm
Notes An effeminate young man in extravagant attire stands in full left profile. He is dressed to parody the costume of the 'macaronies' hanging around London's Saint James area in the mid-eighteenth century. 'Macaroni' was a term for the group of highly fashionable individuals who dressed and spoke in an outlandishly affected manner in this period. The term pejoratively refers to a man who exceeded the ordinary bounds of fashion in terms of clothes, fastidious eating, and gambling.

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 4712

Condition: Small loss to margins, not affecting the image. Trimmed within the plate and tipped to an album page.
Framing unmounted
Price £120.00
Stock ID 45028