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Mr. Dimond & Miss Wallis in the Characters of Romeo & Juliet.
Mr. Dimond & Miss Wallis in the Characters of Romeo & Juliet. Romeo. "Let's fly together"
Ch.s Shirreff Pinx.t F. Bartolozzi R.A. sculp.t
London Publish'd as the Act directs by Ch.s Shirreff May 1796
Stipple, sheet 250 x 185mm (9¾ x 7¾"). Trimmed inside platemark.
Scene from Shakespeare's 'Romeo & Juliet' engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi (1725-1815) after Charles Shirreff (b.1750), British artist in India (Madras and Calcutta) 1796-1809. Bartolozzi (1725-1815) was born in Florence but migrated to England, and in 1768 was elected as a founding member of the Royal Academy in London (the RA did not admit engravers at this time but made an exception in his case). He was already hailed as the best engraver in Italy when he met George III's librarian Richard Dalton in 1763. Dalton invited Bartolozzi to London with a promise of an appointment as engraver to the king. In England he became the most celebrated exponent of the 'stipple' technique whereby he produced prints using dots rather than lines. In 1801 Bartolozzi was invited to Lisbon to reform the royal printing press, and he spent his final years in Portugal. This impression from the collection of Dr. Augusto Calabi of Milan, art historian who co-authored (with A.B. de Vesme) the authoritative catalogue raisonné of Bartolozzi's work. Inscription verso indicates this is the only impression of the print in this state seen by Calabi. This state is not in fact listed in the catalogue, which lists only different identifications of the actors playing the two roles on impressions in different collections.
Calabi & de Vesme 1213 (state not listed)
[Ref: 43138]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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