Contadina della Savoja.
Publish'd as the Act dircts April 30th 1772 by J.Bretherton No.134 New Bond Street.
Etching, 265 x 180mm (10½ x 7"). Trimmed to platemark; light foxing; crease through top of image; glued to backing sheet.
A country woman from Savoy, stood on a mountain-top in regional costume with a child and dog. One of a series of costume prints. Etched after Henry Bunbury, an amateur printmaker who subsequently enjoyed a successful career as a designer for printsellers. 'Prints by Bunbury an his imitators were conspicuously 'polite' and appealed, like novels, 'To the Fashionable World and Polite circles'. Of good family, amply endowed with social skills, a beautiful wife and connections in high society, Bunbury's appeal was not solely aesthetic' and his admirers 'recognized his comic talent, his informed enthusiasm for literature, and his ability to draw a momentary pang with something of the sensitivity with which Sterne could write it' (Clayton).
see Timothy Clayton, 'The English Print, 1688-1802', p.245.
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