Engraving of the composer by Amadée Geille (fl. early 19th century) after Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767-1855)
266 x 159 mm. Printed on china paper and laid down to mounting sheet.
The present engraving depicts the composer seated at a harpsichord, with folio volumes, most probably of music, on the floor beneath the instrument.
"[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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