Steel engraving, sheet 240 x 180mm (9½ x 7"). Trimmed inside platemark; paper tone.
Elias Parish Alvars (1808-49), harpist and composer. Born in Teignmouth, Devon, Alvars travelled widely in continental Europe and beyond to Russia and Turkey, studying and performing. Finally returning to England in 1842 Alvars played to Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace but found the establishment unsympathetic to his pioneering of the harp as a solo instrument, and returned to continental Europe. There his work excited contemporaries such as Berlioz, Liszt and Mendelssohn, the latter being particularly helpful in Alvars' career. In 1847 he settled in Vienna, where he remained until his death. Appointed 'chamber musician' to the emperor, he was known in the city as the 'Paganini of the harp'. He is still regarded as one of the greatest harpists of all time, and a pioneer in not just playing but also composing for the instrument.
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