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    William Henry Bunbury [Geoffrey Gambado, pseudo.] An Academy For Grown Horsemen, Containing The Completest Instructions For Walking, Trotting, Cantering, Galloping, Stumbling, and Tumbling. London: For W. Dickinson, S. Hooper,& Messrs. Robinsons, 1788. Krown & Spellman retail: $750. "Second Edition." Folio. 330 x2325mm. ¹4,B2-4,B-G4. xx,38p. Contemporary 1/2 calf over marbled boards, gilt stamps on spine, title on red morocco label, spine ends chipped, edges rubbed; old signature on t.p., minor foxing. At the end is an ORIGINAL CARICATURE DRAWING in Bunbury's style (See note below). 13 engraved plates (uncolored) by W. Dickinson after Bunbury. One original drawing [257 x 205mm] by "Mr Ross a caricaturist in Aberdeen" of Sandilands. A note below reads "This work having been lent to Alex Milne (brother of the late M. Milne of Cimond-anoggate) he sent it back with this drawing of the late P. Sandilands on horseback drawn by Mr Ross a caricaturist in Aberdeen 50 years ago--C.I. 1844." Wove paper issue with 38pp. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: Bunbury, Henry William 1750-1811, amateur artist and caricaturist "Bunbury owed much during his lifetime to the charm of a genial nature, and to his position as a man of family and education. West flattered him, and Walpole enthusiastically compared him to Hogarth. He was the friend of Goldsmith, Garrick, and Reynolds, and the favourite of the Duke and Duchess of York, to whom in 1787 he was appointed equerry. All this, coupled with the facts that he was seldom, if ever, personal, and wholly abstained from political subjects, greatly aided his popularity with the printsellers and the public of his day, and secured his admission, as an honorary exhibitor, to the walls of the Academy, where between 1780 and 1808 his works frequently appeared. But, as an artist, he remained an amateur until his death; and his designs...must be admitted to be inferior in humour to Rowlandson's and in satire to Gillray's. Nevertheless, they are not without a good deal of grotesque drollery of the rough-and-ready kind in vogue towards the end of the last century that is to say, drollery depending in a great measure for its laughable qualities upon absurd contrasts, ludicrous distortions, horseplay, and personal misadventure." [DNB]         ESTC t12225. Huth 52. UCBA I,633. Lowndes 860. Graesse III,22. Podeschi 90 (1809 ed.) Lewine 204.

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