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Henry William Bunbury

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Henry William Bunbury, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, circa 1788 -NPG 4696 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Henry William Bunbury

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
circa 1788
12 3/8 in. x 10 3/8 in. (315 mm x 264 mm) oval
NPG 4696

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Bunbury is shown, pencil in hand, at work on a drawing for his print 'A Long Minuet as Danced at Bath', engraved by Dickinson and published 25 June 1787 in four plates (M. D. George, Political and Personal Satires, VI, 1938, no. 7229).

Physical descriptionback to top

Three-quarter-length seated aged about 38, engaged in drawing his Long Minuet; light brown hair (or wig), blue eyes, fresh complexion, slight smile; brown coat, buff trousers, white waistcoat, white shirt and bow-tie; greenish-blue table-cloth, brown pencil in right hand, stone pillar left, tree-trunk right; paper inscribed Long Minuet with 8 dancing figures.

Provenanceback to top

E. A. Sutcliffe-Smith, Sotheby's 27 June 1968 (130); Gooden & Fox from whom bought in 1969.

Exhibitionsback to top

RA 1788 (61) as 'Portrait of a Gentleman'; 'English Watercolours and Drawings', Godden & Fox 1969 (36).

Reproductionsback to top

Large oval stipple by Ryder published 24 April 1789; half-length only by H. R. Cook, published by J. Wheble 1812.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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