For The Benefit Of Mr. Jones.
Concert ticket, etching. 95 x 90mm. 3¾ x 3½". Trimmed to plate, glued to album page at upper edge.
Two putti, one winged putto playing a lyre while the other holds a sheet of music. Edward Jones (1752 - 1824), known as Bardd y Brenin, or the King's Bard, was a musician and Welsh writer. He taught music to many persons of rank and was appointed bard to the Prince of Wales, an honorary office, in 1783. In 1784 he published ‘Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards, preserved by Tradition and Authentic Manuscripts from very remote Antiquity, with a Collection of the Pennillion and Englynion, Epigrammatic Stanzas or native Pastoral Sonnets of Wales, a History of the Bards from the Earliest Period, and an Account of their Music, Poetry, and Musical Instruments’. This work, largely based on the author's original researches among unpublished Welsh manuscripts, rescued and preserved some of the oldest Welsh airs extant. In many ways Jones can be said to have invented Wales as the 'land of song', while defining its people as 'aboriginal Britons' and as the oldest musical nation in Europe.
From the collection of Cecil Bisshopp Harmsworth, 1st Baron Harmsworth. De Vesme: 1932. See Ref: 20522.
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