A large, glorious and humorous, stipple engraving, strip design of seven couples in different stages of the minuet, titled ' A long Minuet As Danced At Bath' After Henry William Bunbury, dated 1787 and printed by William Dickinson. It is believed that these characters were based on people of society at that point in time at Bath. Framed early to mid twentieth century in a stained pine frame, the engraving with small losses, creases, marks and blemishes.There are copies of this engraving in the British Museum and Bath Central library.
H 14" x W 64 1/2" x D 1"
Description from the British Museum archive ;
A strip design of ten couples in different stages of the minuet, All dance in silence; the expressions of the male dancers denote anxiety, determination, or complacency. All are intended to be ugly, or awkward, or both, but the figures have charm, and even in some cases a certain grace. Above the design is engraved: 'Bos', 'Fur', 'Sus', 'atque Sacerdos'. None of the men suggests a parson, most are lean and none corpulent by eighteenth-century standards. Beneath the title is engraved: 'Longa Tysonum Minuit Quid Velit et possit rerum concordia discors. Horace.' 25 June 1787
Stipple printed on four plates joined together.
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