Zwikau: Schumann, [ca. 1820].
185 x 120 mm. plus good margins. Printed on wove paper within an octagonal border.
Grétry is depicted in later life; the present portrait was quite possibly done from life.
"[Grétry] made decisive contributions to the scope and style of the 18th-century opéra comique, and to technical aspects such as musical ‘local colour’ and the design of overtures. His opéras comiques and recitative comedies for the Paris Opéra enjoyed unparalleled success in the 20 years up to the French Revolution... It is hard to imagine the evolution of opéra comique, and Romantic opera in general, without the part played by his works." M. Elizabeth C. Bartlet and David Charlton in Grove Music Online.
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