Isaac and Ede Antique Prints
Watson Bunbury Billiards

Thomas Watson [&] William Dickinson after Henry Bunbury.


15.5 x 11.5 inches

A stipple plate engraving printed in sepia ink, engraved by Watson and Dickinson after the drawing by Henry Bunbury and published in London in 1780.

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.


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