Thomas Rowlandson After Henry Bunbury
(A Tour to Foreign Parts)
London, ca. 1828
Original hand colouring
210 x 300 mm
Similar to and perhaps related to a series of small copies by Rowlandson of earlier Bunbury satires, published by Ackermann in 1803, this example printed on Whatman paper of 1828
Satire on Grand Tourists: scene outside an inn in France, with a sign reading “Poste Royale”, where a young English gentleman, holding a copy of “[Lord] Chesterfield’s Letters”, arrives with his tutor. He is greeted by the smiling inkeeper wearing large wooden shoes stuffed with wool who holds out a menu; beside the innkeeper a positllion holding a whip climbs out of his large boots On the right, a fat servant carries two bottles of wine and four books; behind him another postillion drives the coach with two horses towards the right. In the background, a woman can be seen through the archway of the inn standing on a bench and reaching up to clip the wings of a cockerel; a door beside the arch, lettered, “Bon Chere icy chez La Grenouille / Traiteur”, is open to reveal a ladder up which a cook has climbed in order to catch three cats running along a wall; he holds a knife in his hand. An image of a young Bacchus seated on a barrel has been chalked on the wall; a dog jumps up towards it. Beyond the wall is the roof of a cottage, a church tower and a cottage with a niche with a statue of a saint.