[For the Benefit of Mr. Giardini.]
Publish'd as the Act directs Feby. 4th. 1780.
Etching and engraving. Plate 146 x 132mm. 5¾ x 5¼". Small margins. very slight foxing
Ticket for the benefit of Mr Giardini. A young woman seated on a pedestal touching a lyre and holding a quill pen; a putto stands behind her. Cupid is seated on the floor holding an arrow and covering his face with his hands. Felice Giardini (1716 – 1796) was an Italian composer and violinist. He came to London in 1751, where he was highly successful as a performer and society music teacher. For many years, he served as the concertmaster and director of the Italian Opera and gave solo concerts under the auspices of close friend Johann Christian Bach (son of Johann Sebastian). He remained in England until 1784 when he travelled to Naples at the invitation of Sir William Hamilton.
De Vesme: 1923; i/iv.
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