A Sunday Concert

A work made of etching and aquatint in brown on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching and aquatint in brown on cream laid paper.

Date:

n.d.

Artist:

James Bretherton (English, active 1770-1781)
published by M. Rack (English, 18th century)

About this artwork

This satirical etching of a private London musical gathering exaggerates to great effect the aristocratic English enthusiasm for foreign musicians. Nearly all of these figures are identifiable portraits, particularly the larger-than-life woman to the left of the piano. She is Lady Mary Duncan, who idolized the Italian mezzosoprano castrato Gaspare Pacchierotti (seen standing just behind the piano) to the point of extreme rudeness toward other musicians. The satirist Isaac Cruikshank would poke fun at her emotional attachment to the singer in another print a decade later.

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Artist

James Bretherton

Title

A Sunday Concert

Origin

England

Date

1777–1787

Medium

Etching and aquatint in brown on cream laid paper

Dimensions

335 × 485 mm (image); 365 × 500 mm (plate); 375 × 514 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Thomas F. Furness in memory of William McCallin McKee

Reference Number

1928.1371

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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