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Clementi & Co's Edition of Handel's Songs

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    England (printed)

  • Date:

    1759-1815 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cipriani, Giovanni Battista, born 1727 - died 1785 (designer)
    Bartolozzi, Francesco (R.A.), born 1727 - died 1815 (printmaker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and stipple engraving

  • Museum number:

    29599K

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case K, shelf 6, box B

Physical description

'Clementi & Co's Edition of Handel's Songs'. Etching and stipple engraving, probably intended to be a frontispiece. Handel's full name, birth and death dates given, below an illustration of a woman and cherub holding up a framed portrait of the composer, within a foliate frame with two griffins.

Place of Origin

England (printed)

Date

1759-1815 (printed)

Artist/maker

Cipriani, Giovanni Battista, born 1727 - died 1785 (designer)
Bartolozzi, Francesco (R.A.), born 1727 - died 1815 (printmaker)

Materials and Techniques

Etching and stipple engraving

Marks and inscriptions

GEORGE FREDERIC HANDEL / BORN at Halle in Saxony, THE 24th OF FEBy. 1682. / Died in London, the 13th of April 1759.
Within the central decorative frame.

For Clementi & Co's. EDITION of Handel's Songs.
Below the central decorative frame.

Dimensions

Height: 34.5 cm, Width: 27.2 cm

Historical context note

Bartolozzi arrived in England in 1764 already possessing a reputation for his fine classical formulations and mastery of the stipple technique, replacing the simple linear hatching of engraving with dots and stars to achieve soft tonal renderings. Working frequently to the drawings of his one-time pupil Cipriani, Bartolozzi produced an estimated 2,500 plates including many music title pages and benefit tickets for musical friends and performers. Cipriani's layouts and Bartolozzi's technique recall Parisian music-titles of the 1730s engraved by Simon Henri Thomassin (1687-1741) after designs by Nicolas Lancret (1690-1745) and by Jacques Philippe Lebas (1707-1783).

Descriptive line

'Clementi & Co's Edition of Handel's Songs'. Etching and stipple engraving, probably intended to be a frontispiece. Engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi, after a design by Giovanni Battista Cipriani, for Clementi & Co. England. 1759-1815.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Edge, Kevin. The Art of Selling Songs : Graphics for the Music Business, 1690-1990. London : Futures Publications, c.1991.

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Etching; Stipple engraving

Subjects depicted

Frontispieces (illustrations); Griffins; Portrait; Composer; Woman; Frames (ornament areas); Cherub

Categories

Printed pages & sheets

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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