[A Chorus of Singers.]Thy Verses, Colley, by No Muse inspir'd, / When set to Musick justly are admir'd. / No wonder such should be the consequence; / For tuneful Sounds oft suit with want of sense.
Mezzotint, very scarce; printed in blue. 185 x 165mm (7¼ x 6½") Loss in bottom right corner just entering plate.
A reversed copy of Hogarth's 'Chorus of Singers', but with the inscriptions on the music sheets changed. Originally the singers were rehersing for the oratorio 'Judith', written by Hogarth's friend William Huggins, engraved as a subscription ticket for 'A Midnight Modern Conversation'; here the music is 'An Ode for New Years Day' (1733) by Colley Cibber (1671-1757) the Poet Laureate, with four lines of verse attacking his work. The first line of the 'Ode' is 'Sicilian sisters, tuneful nine', a reference to the Muses as mentioned in the added quadrain here.
See BM Satire 1971, this mezzotint priced 6d and without the added verse; see Paulson 127 for the original. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 36474] £420.00