Le Cabriolet - Barbares Anglois! que du meme Couteau / Coupoient le tete aux Roi et les queues aux cheveaux / mais les Francois polis laifsent aux Rois leurs tetes / Et Encore comme vous voyez les Queues a leurs betes.
Etching, 180 x 210mm (7 x 8¼"). Trimmed to platemark; glued to backing sheet; slight staining.
French coaching print with verses below translating as: 'Barbaric English! who with the same blade/ cut off the head of their king and the tails from their horses/ but the genteel French let their king's heads remain/ and also, as you see, the tails of their beasts' (!) Attributed to Henry Bunbury, possibly one of his earliest works. 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).
BM Satire 4633; see Timothy Clayton, 'The English Print, 1688-1802', p.245.
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