[Handel composing sacred Music; the Genius of Harmony crowning him, & a Seraph wafting his name to heaven.]
Pub.d as the Act directs April 1.st 1784.
Stipple. Early proof, with Collector's mark. 241 x 190mm. 9½ x 7½". Trimmed.
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) seated writing a music score on a table, looking up at a little angel flying about hime holding a banner with his name; to his right a young angel puts a crown of laurels over his head. A pipe organ to the left. A book-illustration to 'An Account of the Musical Performances in Commemoration of Handel'. The Commemoration of Handel took place in Westminster Abbey in 1784, to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the great composer's death in 1759. The commemoration was organised by John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich and it took the form of a series of concerts of Handel's music, given in the Abbey by vast numbers of singers and instrumentalists.
De Vesme: 831; i/iv. See Ref: 18652 for later lettered state. Lugt: 1736 [unidentified].
[Ref: 20452] £240.00