Henry William Bunbury
The Longways Dance date not known

Artwork details

The Longways Dance
Date Date not known
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 238 x 370 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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This drawing may have been made as a preliminary sketch for Bunbury's celebrated series of prints, A Long Minuet as Danced at Bath, published in 1787. The finished engravings were printed on a strip five feet long, showing a series of dancing couples in a variety of attitudes and expressions, both elegant and ungainly. Bunbury's inventive strip designs were copied and imitated by other caricaturists. Because of their long
format and narrative element they have been viewed as a forerunner of the modern comic strip.

September 2004