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.