A riding-house / Mr. Bunbury del. ; Js. Bretherton f.

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James Bretherton
approximately 1730-1806
A riding-house / Mr. Bunbury del. ; Js. Bretherton f.
[London] : Publish'd by Js Bretherton, 15th Feby, 1780
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
[London] : Publish'd by Js Bretherton, 15th Feby, 1780.
From the library of Gordon N. Ray.

Library's copy is an early state before addition of the caption title and publication line.


Print shows the interior of a riding-school. A number of men riding round in a circle; those in the foreground ride from right to left, those in the background from left to right. The riding-master stands in the centre, pointing with hand and cane, and grinning at a short fat man in a clerical wig who is running across the room, alarmed at the horses. A short obese man in back-view on the extreme right, who is about to mount his horse has been identified as Captain Grose. Next him is a man with a grotesque impression of alarm riding a plunging horse. Among the riders are two with clerical wigs. One horse is galloping, out of control, the others are quietly ambling round. Two sides of a high rectangular room or hall are visible; in each wall are two high arch-topped windows.

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