Charles Dibdin Esq.
London, Septr. 1799. Published by J. Young, No.58, Upper Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square.
Mezzotint. Platemark: 380 x 275mm (15 x 10¾"). Fine impression. Large margins. Laid on scrap border.
A portrait of British musician, songwriter, dramatist, novelist and actor, Charles Dibdin (1745 - 1814). Seen half-length slightly to left within rectangular frame, eyes to front, wearing a dark, unbuttoned coat over a light waistcoat and cravat. Dibdin was successful in a number of fields and was notably the manager of Sadler's Wells and various other theatres. With regards to his song writing, he is best known for his nautical songs, in spite of the fact that he was only at sea for one brief voyage. Dibdin idealized sailors and wrote of them as noble heroes with faithful sweethearts and wives. His songs were popular not only in England, but in Canada and America before and during the American Revolution and during the War of 1812. He became one of the most celebrated songwriters in Britain.
Chaloner Smith 17.II.
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