These large copper engraved prints are rare and important examples of late eighteenth-century English humor by one of England's most celebrated artists, Henry Bunbury. Very few examples exist and they are not found in the Paul Mellon collection at Yale or listed in Siltzer. Their condition is remarkable, especially considering their scale and the difficulties associated with keeping such pieces intact for two hundred years.
Henry William Bunbury (English, 1750-1811) is one of the most beloved English humourists. He enjoyed wide success and was perhaps best known for an amusing series entitled "Allusion aux mauvais cavaliers" which was popular with the masses and well received by Sir Joshua Reynolds. He exhibited frequently at the Royal Academy and executed plates for Robert Boydell's "Shakespeare Gallery." His work is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Generally in very good condition. Not examined out of frames. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.