[Two concert tickets] Tempio di Mercurio, a Baja. [&] Sepolcro di Vergilio e Castel S. Elmo.
A very scarce pair of etchings, reworked as tickets to a concert by Maria Bland and inscribed 'Mrs: Bland' in ink mss. to image. Each image c.60 x 75mm, 2¼ x 3". Trimmed within plates.
Two late 18th century etchings of Roman antiquities first published in Rome by Domenico Pronti; cartouches have been inserted for mss. inscriptions. The vocalist Maria Theresa Bland (1769 – 1838) was the daughter of Italian Jews named Romanzini. She first sang at London's Drury Lane Theatre in 1786, at the age of about 17 and four years later, in 1790, married an actor named Bland. Over the following three-and-a half decades, from 1789 to 1824, she was attached to Drury Lane almost continuously, but sang also at Haymarket and Vauxhall. Bland retired in 1824, reportedly after having developed melancholia, and died in 1838.
[Ref: 21160] £160.00