Published 1st April 1774.
Soft-ground etching, 290 x 235mm (11½ x 9¼"). Trimmed to platemark; glued to backing sheet.
Two studies of monks. 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; for another Bunbury print with a similar subject see ref. 28182.
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