Snip Anglois

Etcher James Bretherton British
After Henry William Bunbury British
Publisher James Bretherton British

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In this satirical image an English tailor holds out a set of cloth patterns in a folding case, pointing out designs to a potential customer as a tape measure spills from his pocket. The etcher Bretherton often teamed up with the amateur artist Bunbury to make caricature prints. As the younger son in a well-to-do family, Bunbury started to create humorous drawings while still at Westminster School. He then attended St. Catharine's College, Cambridge but left before earning a degree. A student visit to France inspired a series of images that constrast working figures from different nations– humorous comparisons of English and French manners being a staple of visual humor at that period. This work was published as a pair with an image of a French tailor, titled "Snip Francois."

Snip Anglois, James Bretherton (British, active 1750–99), Hand-colored etching

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