London; Published by W. Pinnock, 267, Strand, June 1823.
Etching from an unidentified publication, sheet 285 x 225mm. 11¼ x 9". Small tear to right edge.
Bust portrait of Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695), composer. Purcell is said to have written his first composition at the age of eleven in honour of Charles II's birthday. He became organist of Westminster Abbey in 1679, and of the Chapel Royal in 1682. He composed religious anthems, secular songs, instrumental pieces, odes, music for plays and 'semi-operas', and the famous Dido and Aeneas, one of the first English operas, and the Fairy Queen. According to John Evelyn he was 'esteemed to be the best composer of any Englishman hitherto'.
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