Henry William Bunbury The Minuet. Verso: Two heads, and Three Other Heads, Vertically 1780

Artwork details

Artist
Title
The Minuet. Verso: Two heads, and Three Other Heads, Vertically
Date 1780
Medium Graphite on paper. Verso: graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 190 x 310 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T09504
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This drawing was evidently made by Bunbury while sitting in a chop house, or restaurant. The subject relates closely to his celebrated series of prints, A Long Minuet as Danced at Bath, published in 1787. Bunbury was the son of a baronet, and one of the most successful amateur caricaturists of the age. The noted connoisseur, Horace Walpole, called him a 'second Hogarth'. A talented, witty and sociable gentleman, Bunbury was welcome in the very part of society which provided the most fertile ground for his humour: the houses of the rich.

September 2004