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A celebrated performer in the philarmonic society.

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  • Title (object)

    • A celebrated performer in the philarmonic society.
  • Description

    Portrait of a violinist whose face is formed by the violin which he plays. This is held to his forehead, below a thatch of hair; the sound-holes form the eyes and nose. He is fashionably dressed, wearing long tight pantaloons to the ankle. On the left is a music-stand. Behind are two tiers of boxes (added in the second state), whose occupants are slightly sketched.
    10 May 1818
    Hand-coloured etching


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  • Date

    • 1818
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 316 millimetres
    • Width: 225 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and publication line 'Pubd by S.W. Fores 50 Piccadilly.10 May 1818.'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', IX, 1949)
    One of prints (coloured) by, after, or attributed to G. Cruikshank [many were closely copied and unless original and copy can be compared they are difficult to distinguish; some attributed by Reid or Cohn to Cruikshank are in the manner of the supposed copyist; some are probably by I. R. Cruikshank], from a set issued c. 1817 to c. 1819 (Nos. 13085-13145; see No. 12949, &c.). Nos. 12692 A, 12997, 13008, 13012, 13013, 13421 belong to the set.
    Identified as P. Spagnoletti (1768-1834), leader of the orchestra at the King's Theatre (Opera) for nearly 30 years, and one of the first Associates of the Philharmonic Society founded in 1813. Cf. No. 13086.
    Reid, No. 2771 (second state). Cohn, No. 982.


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 13085 bibliographic details
    • Reid 1871 2771 bibliographic details
    • Cohn 1924 982 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XIXc Unmounted Roy)

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FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 10 May 1818  Hand-coloured etching


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 10 May 1818 Hand-coloured etching

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