Mezzotint, platemark 190 x 150mm (7½ x 6"). Small margins. Rare.
Henry Carey (1687-1743), poet and songwriter. Allegedly the illegitimate son of the George Savile, marquess of Halifax, Carey is best known for his satires and comedies for the theatre today. He also taught music and published poetry. The great music historian Charles Burney wrote of him: 'Honest Harry Carey … invented many very pleasing and natural melodies, which neither obscured the sense of the words, nor required much science to hear'. A defender of indigenous musical traditions, Carey attacked Italian opera, and sometimes paticular continental performers, in satires like 'Faustina, or, The Roman Songstress'. Despite the great success of works such as 'the Dragon of Wantley' (1737), whose popularity eclipsed even 'The Beggar's Opera', Carey committed suicide soon after the death of his son in 1743.
Ex Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; CS 58 i/ii [with 1729 date seemingly scratched out]
[Ref: 36507] £160.00