Paysanne la France
Etching, platemark 165 x 145mm (6½ x 5¾")/ Trimmed to platemark; glued to backing sheet.
A 'French peasant' draped with Catholic symbols and wearing exaggerated regional costume, as was the norm in 18th century caricatured prints of Frenchmen. Etched by 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 4751; see Timothy Clayton, 'The English Print, 1688-1802', p.245.
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