Etching, 245 x 185mm (9½ x 7¼"). Trimmed inside platemark; glued to backing sheet.
Later state of a print first published with the title "Damn Bucephalus!" (see BM Satire 4730). The first title referred to Wentworth's racehorse Bucephalus, which came closest to beating the famous Eclipse at Newmarket in 1770. The title of this state alludes to Lord Grosvenor's Mambrino, which after a successful career had a failed comeback in 1779. 'It appears likely, therefore, that Bretherton changed the title of the print from Damn Bucephalus! to Damn Mambrino! about 1779' (Clayton). Etching 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).
BM Satire 4731. see Timothy Clayton, 'The English Print, 1688-1802', p.245.
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