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England, early/mid 18th century. Total size in mat: 14.25" h x 11.25" w (36 cm x 28.5 cm). Total size of print: 8.75" h x 5.5" w (22.5 cm x 14 cm). In excellent condition. Light gray stain beneath flute part.
Handel's "The Melancholy Nymph" engraved for voice, keyboard, and flute with a hand-colored image by Henry Roberts depicting a scene from the song's text.

Handel originally wrote "The Melancholy Nymph" for John Gay's The What d'ye Call it? (1715), but the song was later and more famously included in that composer's Beggar's Opera (1728).

The engraver, Henry Roberts, was a print seller and music publisher based in London. This page is almost certainly from his watershed collection of English and Scotch songs entitled Calliope (1739), in which each tune was presented with designs adapted to the subject of each song…in the most correct manner with the thorough bass and transpositions for the flute proper for all teachers, scholars, and lovers of musick.
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