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[Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus].
THE CELEBRATED ENGRAVED PORTRAIT OF MOZART, HIS FATHER AND SISTER BY DELAFOSSE, AFTER A WATERCOLOUR BY CARMONTELLE
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[Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus].
THE CELEBRATED ENGRAVED PORTRAIT OF MOZART, HIS FATHER AND SISTER BY DELAFOSSE, AFTER A WATERCOLOUR BY CARMONTELLE
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[Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus].
THE CELEBRATED ENGRAVED PORTRAIT OF MOZART, HIS FATHER AND SISTER BY DELAFOSSE, AFTER A WATERCOLOUR BY CARMONTELLE

showing the seven-year-old Wolfgang seated at the harpsichord, his father Leopold standing behind him, playing the violin, and his sister Maria Anna ('Nannerl') in the background singing, the portrait titled below ("[L]eopold Mozart, Pere de Marianne Mozart, Virtuose âgée de onze ans [e]t de J.G. Wolfgang Mozart, Compositeur et Maitre de Musique âgé de sept ans",

c.35 x 20cm, engraved on thick, laid paper, [Paris, 1764], cropped around the image, some surface loss, laid down on card, tears affecting the engraver's signature and date, some browning


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One of the most famous of all musical portraits, the 1764 engraving by Jean-Baptiste Delafosse (1721-1775) after the watercolour by Louis Carrogis de Carmontelle (1717-1806).

Leopold Mozart's letters reveal that the watercolour was executed several times in Paris in November 1763, and that the engraving was prepared the following spring with the assistance of the artist Christian von Mechel (1737-1817), an acquaintance of the Mozarts (it was possibly engraved by Mechel and simply signed by Delafosse). Copies of the print were subsequently used for publicity purposes by Leopold during the remainder of the family's great European journey of 1763-1766. No copy of the print has been traced in the British Library. (See King, A Mozart Legacy and Mozart in the British Museum).

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