Imp. lith. de Gihaut frères Editeurs
Rare lithograph, sheet 385 x 255mm (15¼ x 11¼"). Trimmed;
Niccolo Paganini (1784 - 1840), Italian violinist widely acknowledged as the greatest of all virtuosi on the instrument. He embarked on a tour of Europe in 1829, reaching London in 1834 where he played to rapturous crowds. 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 best-known for his virtuoso playing but also composed music, mostly to showcase his instrumental abilities. Large portrait after Edouard Pingret (1788-1875), French painter and lithographer of portraits, genre scenes and historical subjects who studied under David. From 1850 to 1855 he worked in Mexico City, making a significant contribution to 19th century Mexican art.
For a smaller print made from the same Pingret portrait see ref. 31926.
[Ref: 40235] £260.00