Thomas Watson [&] William Dickinson after Henry Bunbury.
15.5 x 11.5 inches
For this interpretation of billiards, we are not in a grand aristocratic house but in a much humbler country dwelling, possibly a local inn. Two gentlemen are engaged in a game of billiards whilst others look on, entertained by the competition or awaiting their turn at the table. Bunbury was such an accomplished caricaturist that we are given a clear insight into how the game is progressing. There is some debate as to the identity of the gamesters but one popular view is that a Frenchman is about to pot the winning shot whilst his English counterpart looks on with a disgruntled air. The corresponding breeds of dog under the table add to this illusion.£565