View of the Gallery prepared for the reception of their Majesties, the Royal Family, Directors, & principal Personages in the Kingdom, at the Commemoration of Handel in Westminster Abbey.Pl.VI.
Etching and engraving, printed in brown ink. Collector's mark. Plate 160 x 201mm. 6¼ x 8". Foxed and trimmed to plate mark.
A view of the nave of the abbey with a gallery erected in the centre, decorated with a frieze and castellated, other members of the finely dressed audience seated in rows around the structure. From a series illustrating Handel's memorial in 1784 by Edward Francis Burney. The Commemoration of Handel took place in Westminster Abbey in 1784, to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death for George Frideric Handel in 1759. The commemoration was organised by John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich and it took the form of a series of concerts of Handel's music, given in the Abbey by vast numbers of singers and instrumentalists.
Lugt: 2832; Sir W.A. Fraser (1826-1898), politician and collector.
[Ref: 24242] £140.00