Peasants of the Vale of Llangollen.
London, Pub'd Nov.r. 2; 1783, by W. Dickinson, Engraver & Printseller No. 158 New Bond Street.
Pair of stipple engravings, both sheets 285 x 280mm (11¼ x 11"). Both trimmed to platemark.
Pair of stipples depicting Welsh rural life after Henry Bunbury (1750-1811), amateur artist who enjoyed a successful career as a designer for printsellers. Tim Clayton writes: 'Prints by Bunbury and 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.' These plates were originally published by the printmaker Joshua Kirby Baldrey in 1781 (for which see ref. 1069)- these are slightly later reissues after the plates had been sold on.
For the individual (coloured) prints see refs. 1068 and 1069.
[Ref: 37969] £320.00