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


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
Creator Dunkarton, R. (Robert), approximately 1744-
Creator Humphrey, William, approximately 1740-approximately 1810
Title Mezzotint portrait of Thomas Augustine Arne engraved by William Humphrey from a painting by Robert Dunkarton
Date 1778
Physical Characteristics 0.01 linear ft.
Abstract Portrait of English 18th century composer Thomas Augustine Arne
Collection Number C0451
Language English

Biographical note

English composer Thomas Augustine Arne, a contemporary of George Friedric Handel, was born in 1710. He wrote the famous song "Rule, Brittania," which contains lyrics about Britain "ruling the waves," at a time when Britain was ascendant on the international colonial stage. His 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 (BBC, "Thomas Arne").

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Scope and Content

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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Arrangement

This is a single item within a folder.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Public Domain. There are no known restrictions.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Arne, Thomas Augustine, 1710-1778
Dunkarton, R. (Robert), approximately 1744-
Humphrey, William, approximately 1740-approximately 1810

Subjects:

Music--England--18th century

Document Types:

Portraits.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by Steve Gerber from Schubertiade Music on 1/5/2010.

Processing Information

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.

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Bibliography

BBC, 'Thomas Arne,' BBC.co.uk (accessed November 6, 2019)

Westminster Abbey, 'Susannah Cibber,' westminster-abbey.org (accessed November 8, 2019)

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