Carlo Broschi Farnelli.
Mezzotint with large margins, platemark 360 x 250mm (14¼ x 10"). Creased and rubbed; reworked impression on 19th century paper.
Farinelli (Carlo Broschi, 1705-82), the most admired of all Italian castrati. While most of his career was spent in Italy and Spain, Farinelli was in London from 1734 until 1737 (when he broke his contract to move to Madrid). Handel had failed to secure Farinelli for his London company, and it was for the rival 'Opera of the Nobility', singing operas by Porpora and others that he took the city by storm. Engraved by Alexander van Haecken after the obscure painter Charles Lucy (1692-c.1736).
Ex collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; CS 8 ii/ii
[Ref: 34021] £260.00