The Strolling MusiciansWith odd Grimace and Comic Strain, / The Antic Band in hopes of Gain,/ To please the Rustick Hearers join,/ Who think their Musick vastly fine. [200 on left]
Printed for Bowles & Carver, Map & Printsellers, No 69 St Pauls Church Yard, London.
Mezzotint with large margins, platemark 355 x 255mm (15 x 10"). Creasing; tears in margins; retouching to plate.
Itinerant musicians. An 1830 lithograph of the same image is inscribed 'Deitricy pinxt', attributing the original painting to German artist C.W.E. Dietrich (1712-74), who used the name 'Dietricy' to sign his paintings, and mastered the styles of various models including the Dutch Little Masters (as in this scene reminiscent of Dutch genre painting).
For a coloured version of the image see ref. 10537; ex collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 34009] £220.00