[George Frideric Handel]
Etching, design for a frontispiece? or possibly a diploma, 465 x 290mm. 18¼ x 11½".
George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759), composer, in an oval leaf frame crowned with a laurel wreath. To right an allegory of Music, in form of a young woman, seated on clouds, supporting the frame with her left hand, resting a trumpet on her left shoulder. To left, a little angel or winged putti flying, looking at the portrait; to extreme right, another angel holding a pipe-organ, looking up to the sky. Light shines from the top left corner; the whole in a rectangular frame decorated with palm leaves, griffons and musical emblems. Born in Saxony, Handel settled in London in 1712 where for nearly fifty years he poured out opera, oratorios, concertos and occasional music. His Messiah, first performed in Dublin in 1742, became a national institution within his lifetime. After Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727 - 1785), engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi (1728 - 1815).
[Ref: 13951] £190.00