An Original Print by Henry Bunbury


Mr Gambado seeing the World in a Six Mile Tour so famed in History

This is a very nice engraving by Henry William Bunbury who was a leading satirical artist and engraver in England at the end of the 18th Century.  He was a friend of the more famous artist Thomas Rowlandson. 

It shows an overweight man riding (with some difficulty) a clapped out old nag. The inscription underneath reads:

Mr Gambado seeing the World in a Six Mile Tour so famed in History

Henry Bunbury’s pseudonym was Geoffrey Gambado – so this is a self portrait. 

As well as making numerous pictures of people on horseback he also wrote a book: An Academy for Grown Horsemen: Containing the Completest Instructions for Walking, Trotting, Cantering, Galloping, Stumbling and Tumbling…..Containing Accounts of Accidental Experiments and Experimental Accidents………. (and so on)

Here, in this picture he is - we think - making fun of the romance of travel – this is borne out by the sub-script:

'Lakes, Forests, Cities, Plains, extended wide

The pomp of Kings, the Shepherds humbler pride....'

(there is not a lake, forest, city or extended plain anywhere to be seen)

This quotation is from a poem

The Traveller, or a Prospect of Society by Oliver Goldsmith – written for his brother: “it is addressed to a man, who, despising Fame and Fortune, has retired early to Happiness and Obscurity, with an income of forty pounds a year”.

Enough of this culture stuff. 

Due to the exorbitant cost of postage these days we are selling this without its modern frame which you would have instantly consigned to the dustbin if we had included it in the sale.

Size? Well the picture itself is about 8 inches high by 7 inches wide - the paper it is on is larger and should not be cut.  Ask if you want us to measure it properly...

We will post to anywhere in the world.

The price is £72 - but if you would like to discuss this, please visit the Manager's Office.

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