Dr. Wm. Boyce, Master of his Majesty's Band of Musicians.
Publish'd as the Act directs Decr. 1ft 1788.
Etching, sheet 300 x 245mm (11½ x 9¾"). Trimmed unevenly along platemark; good impression.
William Boyce (1711-1779), organist, composer, and music editor, seated beside a classically-ornamented table on which also lies a volume lettered 'Dr Boyce..'. His left arm rests on sheet music, quill in his right hand. Curtain drape behind to left, column at right, church organ in background beyond. Master of the king's musick from 1757, Boyce composed music for state occasions following the death of Handel. This included music for the funeral of George II and the wedding of George III and Queen Charlotte. Boyce also had an interest in the history and science of music, and published an important three-volume work of church music, 'Cathedral Music', which was influential in the repertoire of church music over the next century. According to O'Donoghue this plate was published by John Keyse Sherwin (1751? - 1790) in 1775, so this could be a reissue.
See O'Donoghue p.223.
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