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Henry William Bunbury

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Henry William Bunbury

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
pastel, circa 1788
12 3/8 in. x 10 3/8 in. (315 mm x 264 mm) oval
Purchased, 1969
Primary Collection
NPG 4696

Sitterback to top

  • Henry William Bunbury (1750-1811), Artist and caricaturist. Sitter in 4 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 4 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy. Artist or producer associated with 696 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D15022: Henry William Bunbury (source portrait)
  • NPG D32380: Henry William Bunbury (source portrait)

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Pickpocketing the rich : portrait painting in Bath 1720-1800, 2002 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Holburne Museum of Art, Bath, 25 June - 15 Sept. 2002), p. 89 number 61
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 87
  • Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 74

Events of 1788back to top

Current affairs

Parliament begins an investigation into the slave trade, led by reformers Thomas Clarkson and William Wilberforce.
Regency Crisis; George III's madness is announced provoking a political storm.
Former Governor-General of Bengal Warren Hastings' trial begins before the House of Lords.
Henry Benedict Stuart becomes the new Stuart claimant to the British throne.

Art and science

Artist Thomas Gainsborough dies.
First edition of The Times newspaper is published in London.
Scottish engineer and inventor William Symington demonstrates the first paddle steamer on Dalswinton Loch near Dumfries.
Robert Burns writes his version of the Scots poem Auld Lang Syne.


Ministers of the French King, Louis XVI, reluctantly announce that the Estates General will meet the following year, for the first time since 1614.
United States constitution comes into force when New Hampshire becomes the ninth state to ratify it.
First Fleet reaches Australia, anchoring in Botany Bay. Arthur Phillip, selecting a suitable site for the first Australian penal colony, names the place Sydney Cove.

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