Henry William Bunbury
A Barbers Shop.
London, J. Harris April 21st. 1803
Etching & stipple engraving by Charles Knight
A large caricature by Bunbury. A scene in a barber’s shop during the notorious Westminster Election of 1784. In the centre of the design sits an agonised client, swathed in a sheet, who grimaces with the pain of having his hair pulled and backcombed by, on one side a small, stunted assistant, and on the other by a dandified French barber. On the left a completely bald man reads his newspaper, and on the right a barber shaves a worried looking man with a cutthroat razor. Two dogs pull at a wig on the floor and various wigs and prints adorn the walls. BM 6882a.