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Luigi Marchesi.

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Stipple engraving by Luigi Schiavonetti of Luigi Marchesi. (8 August 1754 – 14 December 1829) after the portrait by Richard Cosway, published by Colnaghi & Co., 1 June 1790. 

Provenance with H.M Queen Victoria (her collection cypher lower right) and Thomas Agnew & Sons.

Luigi Marchesi was an Italian castrato singer, one of the most prominent and charismatic to appear in Europe during the second half of the eighteenth century.

As an artist Marchesi was certainly one of the greatest singers of his time, and he was also a composer.

In person Marchesi might have been the handsomest castrato of all time; during his London engagement in the 1790s, Maria Cosway deserted her husband and children and followed the singer around Europe for several years. It is said he was adored by the whole female population of Rome. At the same time, however, Marchesi became famous for his turbulent temperament and notorious stipulations. He often insisted on making his entrance on the stage descending a hill on horseback wearing a helmet with multi-coloured plumes at least a yard high, saying "Where am I?"

Within the original Agnew & Sons giltwood moulding frame. 

overall size 7.5 in x 9.5 in 


Item Code: 2753

£ 480

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