Fine satirical etching of performers in a contemporary production of Handel's Flavio at the King's Theatre in London in 1723. Attributed to William Hogarth (1697-1764)
by [HANDEL, George Frideric 1685-1759]
Rackwitz and Steffens: George Frideric Handel no. 101. Hogwood: Handel no. 21. "For this engraving various operas by Handel have been named: "Julius Caesar", "Falvio" and "Tolomeo." The singers have been said to be Farinelli, Senesino, Cuzzonni and Berenstadt. Hogarth and Vanderbank have been named as engravers. In all probability it represents the 7th scene of the 3rd act of the opera "Flavio." Rackwitz and Steffens p. 187.A very good impression overall of a rare and historically important print depicting three of the most famous singers of the day. There are very few early 18th century images with any historical basis depicting prominent singers in performance.. 190 x 266 mm. + wide margins. Printed on heavy laid paper. The singers depicted are most commonly agreed to include the famous castrato Bernardi Senesino (?-1759), the soprano Francesco Cuzzoni (1696-1778), and the alto castrato Gaetano Berenstadt (1687-1734). With pencilled notes to lower margin incorrectly naming Farinelli as one of the singers and the opera as being Handel's Julius Caesar. Some light browning, mostly to right outer margin; a little minor foxing. (Inventory #: 27519)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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