|Stipple and copper engraving
|Francesco Bartolozzi after Giovanni Battista Cipriani
|Printed by W. Hinton St. James's Street [n.d. 1782]
|Image 129 x 102 mm, Sheet 139 x 112 mm
A ticket for the benefit of Mr. Giardini. Mercury is seated stringing his lyre and cherub is at his right knee.
Felice Giardini (1716-1796) was an Italian born violinist and composer. He came to London in 1751 where he was a performer and society music teacher. Giardini remained in England until 1784 when he went to Naples with Sir William Hamilton.
Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815) was an Italian engraver. The son of a goldsmith, Bartolozzi studied painting in Florence, trained as an engraver in Venice and began his career in Rome. In 1763 Richard Dalton, art dealer and librarian to George III, met him and invited him to London, promising him a post as engraver to the king. Bartolozzi moved to London the following year, and remained for thirty-five years. He executed numerous engravings for the King. He also made many engravings of paintings by Italian masters and by his friend, the painter Giovanni Cipriani. In 1768 Bartolozzi was the only engraver to become a founder member of the Royal Academy of Arts. He moved to Lisbon in 1802 as director of the National Academy.
Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727-1785) was an Italian painter, and the first exponent of Neoclassicism in England. He played an important part in directing eighteenth-century English artistic taste. His first lessons were given to him by a Florentine of English descent, Ignatius Hugford, and then under Anton Domenico Gabbiani. He was in Rome from 1750–1753, where he became acquainted with Sir William Chambers, the architect, and Joseph Wilton, the sculptor, whom he accompanied to England in August 1755.
Calabi & De Vesme 1930 iv/iv
Condition: Trimmed inside the plate mark and tipped into an album page. Otherwise a good clean impresssion.