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Overview

“Scene Outside an Inn” is a hand-colored art piece painted by Henry William Bunbury during the 1750s to the 1800s. The art piece is one of a young man being helped off a horse by two women while another waits off to the side. A stern-faced man stands in front of them waiting for the young man to dismount while another man stands in the window staring intently at a book in his hands. This piece comes to life with its use of bright colors and its attempts to appear much more creative during the enlightenment era as opposed to the Renaissance, that had still yet to capture the refinement to the extent the Enlighment era had. This piece is just one of many pieces painted by Henry during the 1750s and early 1800s in his quest to document what occurred during his time.

Parts

There are 6 people that take part in this painting: 3 women and 3 men. The first two women are on either side of a young man who they are helping dismount off of a horse. The other woman sits on a stepping stool that is used for getting on and off a horse and she has a kind smile on her face. The other man stares at the young boys as he as just arrived and finally the man in the window is reading something to himself in the window sill. This all takes place outside an Inn with a long fortress-like building as the backdrop.

Title

The name of this piece is “Scene Outside an Inn”. The title is used to describe what is occurring in the painting. Without the title, you would not know the location of where the event took place and thus you could misinterpret the piece. The use of the word scene in the title makes the moment seem as though it is incredibly important; therefore it is being documented in the title. The use of the word scene is to document the beginning of something important or the act of it being carried out which adds to the importance of the tittle.

Interpretation

The intent of this art piece is to document an important moment. This scene outside of the Inn, though its may seem unnecessary or unimportant, actually means something to the artist who painted it and even to the people that he is painting it of. The message of this piece is to see all of the important parts of a moment – notice the person standing off to the side of the window. Henry did not paint him to take up space, he painted him because he was important to the moment. This was a major role that Henry took when painting, he made each character there for a reason for the viewer to attempt to interpret. Henry was also trying to capture a normal moment. There were large amounts of new ways of living due to the Industrial Revolution, slave trade and foreign relations that Henry wanted to capture a calm moment in a part of Britain.

Context

During the time of this artwork, many European countries were currently fighting in wars such as the Seven Years War. Many revolutions of all kinds sprang up like the Haitian, French, and Venezuelan Revolution. The British were in a great upheaval with America as it attempts to go through its own Revolution as well. The British were in a mad rush to figure out how to control their colonies in America as they continued to rebel against the British Crown. They British are also were going through an Industrial Revolution where things are being created faster and people now leave their homes to go work in factories.

Conclusion

The “Scene Outside of the Inn” is a piece of art painted by Henry William Bunbury during the 1750s to the 1800s in order to capture a tranquil moment in the racing heart of a revolution. Even though this piece seems too simple to have any true meaning during this time there was so much bloodshed and destruction that being able to find such a calm moment like this was something Henry William Bunbury truly did not take for granted.

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