Rowlandson, Thomas - Hand-Colored Etching. "An Italian Family".Click Image to ZoomEnlarge Image

Rowlandson, Thomas (1857-1827)

Hand-Colored Etching. "An Italian Family".

London, c. 1785. Total size in frame: 17.25" h x 20" w. In excellent condition. Trimmed to the plate (no publication information). Slight vertical crease from folding. In a nice thin black and gold frame (probably early 20th century).
A delightful hand-colored etching by Rowlandson, one of the best-known and sought-after eighteenth-century caricaturists. The scene depicts a group of poor Italians apparently rehearsing for an opera. Moving from left to right: a young boy plays the violin in nothing but a shirt; a man with breeches but no stockings plays a legless piano with a bowl marked Macaroni at his feet; a young man stands singing with his hands clutched to his chest; an elderly man with glasses and cap plays a double bass, a woman sits before a sheet of music while folding laundry with an infant on her lap and a howling dog at her side.

On the left wall hangs a playbill for Paisiello's opera L'Avaro Deluso and in the foreground a violin and various music books lie strewn across the floor.

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