Mezzotint engraving by John Smith (1654-1720) after Pierce Tempest (1653-1717) depicting a group of putti, one playing the cello. VIOLONCELLO.

Mezzotint engraving by John Smith (1654-1720) after Pierce Tempest (1653-1717) depicting a group of putti, one playing the cello

London: 1702. 194 x 248 mm.

This fine engraving was used as the title to Nicola Cosimi's chamber sonatas, op. 1. It depicts three musical putti, one playing the cello, one holding a violin, and the other singing while from an open book of music. An angel points to the titling of the work on a stone plinth with one hand while holding an oval coat of arms (possibly that of the dedicatee, The Duke of Bedford) and a keyless trumpet in the other.

Slightly worn and abraided at corners; slightly unevenly trimmed to plate mark; remnants of hinges to upper corners of verso.

An Italian violinist and composer, "Cosimi had only two students before the publication on 9 November 1702 of his Sonate da camera a violino e violone o cembalo op.1, but had 20 after its publication." Lowell Lindgren in Grove Music Online. Item #27513

Price: $850.00  other currencies

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