Guide to the mezzotint portrait of Thomas Augustine Arne engraved by William Humphrey from a painting by Robert Dunkarton, 1778
Mezzotint portrait of Thomas Augustine Arne engraved by William Humphrey from a painting by Robert Dunkarton C0451
Published by George Mason University Libraries
English composer Thomas Augustine Arne, a contemporary of George Friedric Handel, was born in 1710. He wrote the music for the famous song "Rule, Brittania," which contains lyrics that as of 2020 have been the subject of cultural conversation and reevaluation in the United Kingdom (see Langfitt, "A Row Erupts in Britain over 'Rule, Brittania!' at the Proms"). Arne's sister, Susannah Cibber, performed several of the alto solos in the first performance of Handel's "Messiah" in Dublin (Westminster Abbey,"Susannah Cibber"). Arne died in 1778 (MusicBrainz, "Thomas Arne").
The collection consists of a single mezzotint portrait of Thomas Arne, engraved by William Humphrey based on a painting by Robert Dunkarton.
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Arne, Thomas Augustine, 1710-1778
Dunkarton, R. (Robert), approximately 1744-
Humphrey, William, approximately 1740-approximately 1810
Mezzotint portrait of Thomas Augustine Arne engraved by William Humphrey from a painting by Robert Dunkarton, C0451, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.
Purchased by Steve Gerber from Schubertiade Music on 1/5/2010.
Processing completed by Elizabeth Beckman in November 2019. EAD markup completed by Elizabeth Beckman in November 2019. This item was formerly part of the Performing Arts Manuscript Materials collection, C0215.
Langfitt, Frank, 'A Row Erupts In Britain Over 'Rule, Britannia!' At The Proms,' NPR, https://www.npr.org/2020/09/11/912045003/a-row-erupts-in-britain-over-rule-britannia-at-the-proms (accessed January 4, 2021)