London, Cramer Addison & Beale, 201, Regent Street. [n.d., c.1843.]
Lithograph, rare, trimmed as scrap sheet. Sheet (at most) 355 x 250mm (14 x 9¾"). Glue stains.
The cover of the music sheet for Donizetti's comic opera 'Don Pasquale', showing the don with the title written across his vast belly, 'Opera de Donizetti' written on the camelia in his lapel and the publishers' names on a scroll in his hand. When the opera had its London premier at Her Majesty's Theatre in 1843 this sheet had the face of Luigi Lablache, the bass who played Don Pasquale originally. The portrait here would be a singer who played the role subsequently.
[Ref: 33863] £240.00