[For the Benefit of Mr. Giardini.]
Etching with engraving, scarce proof, uncut very large margins, title only half removed. Plate 95 x 115mm. 3¾ x 4½". Title scratched, very slight foxing.
Bill-head for the benefit of Mr Giardini. Venus seated on a bed with a putto talking to her from behind her; another putto playing the lyre and a third putto pulling a bow, aiming towards right. 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: 1922; between i/ii.
[Ref: 20577] £240.00