The Judgment of Paris. Jun: But to bestow it on that Trapes / It mads me - Min: hang him Jackanapes.
Pub accor to Act by [name erased]...1st 1771
Engraving. 185 x 150mm. Trimmed to platemark; glued to backing sheet.
Paris, a peasant holding a crook, with the three hag-like goddesses. He hands his apple to Venus, who has Cupid hiding behind her skirts; Minerva rushes toward them brandishing a bottle; and Juno walks away, wearing a grenadier's uniform, scowling. Paris's dog chases a peacock and owl. Etched by Henry Bunbury whilst still a schoolboy. Bunbury was 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).
for coloured impression see ref. 26730; BM Satire 4920; see Timothy Clayton, 'The English Print, 1688-1802', p.245.
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