Stipple, proof before letters, very scarce, sheet 195 x 155mm. 7¾ x 6". Trimmed within plate; creasing.
Bust portrait of Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695), composer, based on the painting by John Closterman (1660 - 1711). Purcell is said to have written his first composition at the age of eleven in honour of Charles II's birthday. He became organist of Westminster Abbey in 1679, and of the Chapel Royal in 1682. He composed religious anthems, secular songs, instrumental pieces, odes, music for plays and 'semi-operas', and the famous Dido and Aeneas, one of the first English operas, and the Fairy Queen. According to John Evelyn he was 'esteemed to be the best composer of any Englishman hitherto'.
[Ref: 16964] £120.00