c1800 Henry William Bunbury A Riding House Engraving


A rare equine satirical engraving of ‘A Riding House’ from Bunbury’s ‘Academy for Grown Horseman’ series of 1787.

The copperplate engraving shows a group of horsemen, riding clumsily in a large room. The middle shows one of the horses, whilst mounted, leering towards a terrified instructor. To complete the madness, an animated terrier dog plays amongst the riders.

Henry William Bunbury (1750 - 1811) was the son of Sir William Bunbury of Mildenhall, Suffolk. After finishing his studies at Cambridge University he began to draw witty caricatures and swiftly became one of the great satirical artists of the Georgian era. A contemporary of James Gilray and close friend of Thomas Rowlandson, Bunbury’s work would enjoy the patronage of eminent figures such as the Duke of York. Unlike that of his contemporaries, Bunbury’s satire exercises the conservatism and restraint of the Hogarth era. His characters tend to have innocent faces, lacking the cynicism that seems to radiate from the work of Gilray and Rowlandson.

The condition of the engraving is good, having been carefully framed. The colours remain vibrant, but a small crease runs diagonally towards the top of the image.

Size of Frame: 45.4 x 36.3 x 1.4cm
Size of Print: 31 x 22cm (Cropped)
Weight: 1353g