[For the Benefit of Mr. Giardini.]
Printed by W. Hinton St. James's Street. [n.d. c.1779.]
Etching and engraving. Collector's mark SP, plate 127 x 146mm. 5 x 5¾".
Ticket for the benefit of Mr Giardini. Venus seated on the ground with two putti surrounding her, one of whom is holding a torch. Five putti, to the right, in front of a water fountain; one playing the trumpet, one playing the lute and three singing. 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: 1925; v/v. See 20497 for earlier state.
[Ref: 20498] £240.00