Used; Like New/Used; Like New. Lithograph portrait of the great virtuoso, captioned "The Modern Orpheus, Opera House June 3rd 1831." Â Paganini appears playing, standing in front of several other musicians with instruments who watch with interest. Â Engraved by Richard Lane (whose initials appear at the lower left), after the sketch by Daniel Maclise. Â The same engraving is found in the National Portrait Gallery (NPG D5451.)Â Some toning and spotting, especially around the mat edges; mounting remnants and tape on the verso.Â Â The mat conceals a further caption: "Sketches of the Musical World, no. 1, to be continued."Â Â 20.5 x 27.5 cm, matted to 26.3 x 32.7 cm.The date and location refer to Paganini's first appearance in England, after his marathon tour of major European cities, which lasted from 1828 into early 1831. Â By the time he arrived in London, the English public was desperate to hear the great virtuoso -- and to pay exorbitant sums for private lessons. Â At his first concert, he played his Concerto no. 1 in E flat and the Military Sonata for the Fourth String, impressing the audience greatly. Â More than ten further concerts followed, as well as private appearances and a performance at court for George IV. (Inventory #: 12930)
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