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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