Published by E. Evans, 1, Great Queen Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields [n.d., c.1820s].
Mezzotint, tile in open letters, platemark 255 x 185mm (10 x 7¼"). Late impression; with very large margins but crude repair along lower edge of platemark; pinhole outside image lower left.
Felice Giardini (1716 – 1796), Italian composer and violinist. He came to London in 1751, where he was highly successful as a performer and society music teacher. For many years, he served as the concertmaster and director of the Italian Opera and gave solo concerts under the auspices of close friend Johann Christian Bach (son of Johann Sebastian). A close friend of Gainsborough (whose portrait of Giardini is at Knole, in Kent), Giardini remained in England until 1784 when he travelled to Naples at the invitation of Sir William Hamilton. Derived from the mezzotint by Samuel William Reynolds.
NPG D14032. See Hamilton p.29.
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