Published for the proprietor by T Bird Cranbourne Street [c.1831].
Mezzotint, sheet 195 x 155mm (7¾ x 6"). Slight mark on right. Trimmed inside platemark.
Half-length portrait of Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840), celebrated Italian violinist and composer. He embarked on a tour of Europe in 1829, reaching London in 1831 where he played to rapturous crowds before embarking on a tour of Ireland and Scotland that same year (in Ireland he pleased the audience by premiering a work based on the Irish folktune 'St Patrick's Day'). Plagued by ill-health, which he treated with mercury and opium, Paganini's gaunt appearance appealed to the romantic sensibilities of his audiences. He was known for his virtuoso playing but also composed music, mostly for to perform himself.
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