An Italian family [graphic] / Rowlandson delt. ; S. Alken fecit.

Published/Created:
London
Pubd. Decr. 1785 by S. Alken, No. 3 Dufours Place, Broad Street, Soho. Sold by W. Hinton, No. 5 Sweeting Alley, Cornhill
[1785]
Physical Description:
1 print : aquatint & etching on laid paper, hand-colored ; sheet 38 x 48 cm
Notes:
Title etched below image.
Sheet trimmed within plate mark.
Old Print Shop; October 1959; Acquisitions no.: 959-10-1-100.
Watermark: J Whatman.
Abstract:
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.
Associated Names:
Alken, Samuel, 1756-1815 [Printmaker]
Alken, Samuel, 1756-1815 [Publisher]
Hinton, William, active 1779-1806 [Publisher]
Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827 [Artist]
Topics:
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
Language:
English
Genre:
Aquatints -- England -- London -- 1785
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1785
Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1785
Watermarks (Paper)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Prints & Photographs
Rights:
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Call Number:
785.12.00.01++
Orbis Record:
9064719
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
lwlpr05835
Volume/Enumeration:
Digital version
OID:
10728039
PID:
digcoll:551633