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Caricature of Pasquale Bini, a violin player; seen in profile, head and shoulders, looking left, wearing a wig with hair tied back
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Height: 134 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 98 millimetres
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- See curatorial comment for 1871,0812.818.
The inscription reads: 'Pasqualino d'Olivieri who at present resides with the very eminent A[c]quaviva, July 1738. He is a very good violin player, particularly when solo, and he is a very good young man. When he arrived in Rome he resided with Cardinal Olivieri, then with Cardinal Troiano A[c]quaviva, and then with Cardinal Duke of York, son of the Catholic King of England. The above mentioned Pasqualino went mad with worries and his brother took him back to Pesaro on 26 June 1749, with no extravagance.'
The middle section of the inscription must have been added post 1747, as this is the date Henry Benedict Stuart, mentioned in the inscription, was nominated cardinal. The last section is post 1749. According to E. Carone (DBI 1968, vol. 10, ad vocem), after the death of Cardinal Acquaviva, Pasquale Bini remained without a protector, whereas Ghezzi claims that he entered the household of Cardinal Duke of York. Even so, life became increasingly unbearable due to his poor mental health, and returned to Pesaro with his brother in 1749.
A full-length caricature of Bini is at the Pierpont Morgan Library, inv. 1978.27, fol. 27r (see. G. Rostirolla, 'Il "Mondo novo" musicale di Pier Leone Ghezzi', Milano 2001, no. 189, p. 370; reference no. for the Pierpont Morgan Library incorrect).
Lit. : G. Rostirolla, 'Il "Mondo novo" musicale di Pier Leone Ghezzi', Milan 2001, no. 188, pp. 170, 369-70
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