Mr W.m Shield.(A Musician in ordinary to His Majesty.) From an Original Picture in the Possession of Mr Linley.
Published as the Act directs Jan.y 1st, 1796, by F. Linley, No 45, High Holborn.
Stipple, very large margins. 270 x 205mm (10½ x 8"). Right margin soiled.
The violinist and composer William Shield (1748-1829), shown annotating a music notebook. From 1773 he was principal violist at Covent Garden (now the Royal Opera House), also composing operas, of which the light opera 'Rosina' is the best known (primarily because the complete score has survived, a rare occurrence). In 1817 he was appointed Master of the King's Musick; when he died he was buried in the musicians' section of Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey and his favourite violin present to George IV.
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