An Italian family [graphic] / Rowlandson delt. ; S. Alken fecit.
London Pubd. Decr. 1785 by S. Alken, No. 3 Dufours Place, Broad Street, Soho. Sold by W. Hinton, No. 5 Sweeting Alley, Cornhill 
1 print : aquatint & etching on laid paper, hand-colored ; sheet 38 x 48 cm
Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 9670
Title etched below image. Sheet trimmed within plate mark. Old Print Shop; October 1959; Acquisitions no.: 959-10-1-100. Watermark: J Whatman.
An Italian family, in a poverty-stricken room, practise for opera. A young man stands full-face, singing, his fingers interlaced across his chest. He wears an open, ruffled shirt, awaistcoat, breeches, and ungartered stockings. To his right an old man plays an enormous 'cello. To his left a middle-aged man, seated in profile singing, plays a low harpsichord; he wears open ruffled shirt and breeches, with bare legs. Beside him on the extreme left a little boy dressed in a shirt plays the violin. On the extreme right a pretty young woman sits over the fire with an infant on her knee; she holds out a cloth to dry, looking over her shoulder to sing. Her score ('Affetuoso') is pinned to the chimney-piece, on which stands a crucifix with a tankard, &c. A lean greyhound howls up the chimney. All but the old man have fashionably dressed hair, and a certain elegance. The room is lit from an open casement window (left); there are dark cast shadows and the bare room has no ceiling. On the wall are a print of 'Vestris' dancing, a sword, a play-bill: 'l'Avaro Deluso' (opera by Paisiello, libretto by Vulpius), and a bunch of farthing dips; on the window ledge a cracked mirror, cocked hat, bottles, &c. Beneath the harpsichord is a large bowl labeled 'Macaroni'; and in the foreground lie a violin, music-books, earthenware pots, &c."--British Museum online catalogue.
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley Children Families -- Italian Harvey, Francis Mothers Musical instruments Musicians Paisiello, Giovanni, 1740-1816 Riviere & Son Singing Vestris, Auguste, 1760-1842 Vulpius, Christian August, 1762-1827
Aquatints -- England -- London -- 1785 Etchings -- England -- London -- 1785 Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1785 Watermarks (Paper)
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