A Bravura at the Hanover Square Concert

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A Bravura at the Hanover Square Concert, by John Nixon, 1789 - NPG 5179 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

A Bravura at the Hanover Square Concert

by John Nixon
pen and ink and brown wash, 1789
9 1/4 in. x 6 5/8 in. (235 mm x 168 mm)
Purchased, 1978
Primary Collection
NPG 5179


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  • James Cervetto (1747-1837), Cellist and composer. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Luigi Marchesi (1755-1829), Italian male soprano. Sitter in 3 portraits.

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  • John Nixon (1760-1818). Artist associated with 7 portraits.

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Between 1783 and 1793, the Hanover Square Rooms in London hosted a series of concerts which featured some of the most fashionable Italian musicians of the day. Pictured here are Luigi Marchesi, called Marchesini, one of the last great 'castrati', and the cellist, James Cervetto. Below them in the pit the artist has drawn a vignette of members of the audience. An unidentified member of the aristocracy wearing the sash and star of the garter can be seen in addition to a gentleman whose face, much like Marchesini's, bears the scars of smallpox. Hidden in the shadows at the far left is the cellist's father, the musician Giacobbe Cervetto, listening intently to his son's playing.

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