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Henry William Bunbury

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Henry William Bunbury

by and published by Thomas Ryder, published by S. Watts, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 24 April 1789
16 1/4 in. x 12 3/4 in. (413 mm x 323 mm) plate size; 18 3/8 in. x 13 7/8 in. (466 mm x 353 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Whitin Fund, 1954
Reference Collection
NPG D32380

Sitterback to top

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

Artistsback 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.
  • Thomas Ryder (1746-1810). Artist or producer associated with 10 portraits.
  • S. Watts (active 1783-1789), Publisher. Artist or producer associated with 8 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D15022: Henry William Bunbury (from same plate)
  • NPG 4696: Henry William Bunbury (after)

Events of 1789back to top

Current affairs

George III recovers from the previous year's illness. The 'Regency Crisis' and attendant political wrangling between the Tory Prime Minister William Pitt and the pro-Whig Prince of Wales end. Dismissed as a 'bilious attack', George's sickness was in fact the first sign of the mental health problems which led to the Prince of Wales's appointment as Regent in 1811.

Art and science

John Boydell's ambitious new Shakespeare Gallery opens in Pall Mall, displaying works by Britain's leading artists and attempting to combine urban entertainment with the promotion of British history painting.
Philosopher Jeremy Bentham publishes An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, outlining his 'greatest happiness principle'.

International

George Washington is elected first President of the United States.
The French Revolution begins. The storming of the Bastille on the 14 July marks the overthrow of the absolute monarchy in France. The uprising followed the establishment of a governing National Assembly of the people's representatives.

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