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(MUSIC) G. BICKHAM [artist] - original engraved sheet of music. sheet size 14 x 8-1/2 in. At top of page is a handcolored engraving by Bickham. Slightly soiled from age. Slight chipping & small tears at top & bottom edges. Dates to 1737. Fine for framing. The Bickhams, George Sr. and George Jr., practiced their art and published their books in London in the late 1730s and 1740s, the period in which such people as William Hogarth and John Gay flourished. This fine print is from George Bickham Jr.'s "Musical Entertainer", a beautifully illustrated collection of songs set for amateur musicians. Little is known of the Bickhams' private lives. George Bickham Jr. (who did this print) died in 1758. Although George Jr. engraved the plates for The Musical Entertainer, the first editions were published and sold by his father. These musical prints are considered his finest work. This information was taken from Joan D. Dolmetsch's book "Eighteenth-Century Prints in Colonial America." Evidently these were some of the prints that were used to decorate the homes of our Colonial forefathers. This IS NOT a later copy..


VG for its age

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18th Century Sheet Muisic

Estimate $100 - $150Jun 28, 2016
PO Box 849
Wells, ME 04090
United States
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