|Copper engraving and etching
|Francesco Bartolozzi after Giovanni Battista Cipriani
|Pubd. as the Act directs April 1st. 1784.
|Image 196 x 165 mm, Plate 267 x 218 mm, Sheet 354 x 290 mm
Inscription within image reads: From Harmony, From Heavenly Harmony, / This Universal Frame Began. Proof state before letters.
Portrait of the German composer George Frederick Handel (1685-1759) from 'An account of the musical performances in commemoration of Handel' (1784). Handel writes a musical score whilst a young angel places a crown of laurels over his head. A cherub flys above them, holding a banner with Handel's name on it.
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 831. ii/iv
Condition: Surface dirt to sheet. Creasing to sheet.