This is a large fine early 19th century Georgian oil on canvas depicting a young woman at the piano with a copy of the British national anthem ‘God Save the King’ on her lap. The young woman is Emma Gisborne Clementi the wife of the famous Italian composer Muzio Clementi. Clementi himself was painted by the English portraitist Thomas Hardy (1857-1804), and the portrait being sold here might well be by the same artist.
As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in the finest condition it can be for its age, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Clients should also note that fully insured, tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.
The great rival of Mozart, Muzio Clementi (1752-1832) was one of the first exponents and popularisers of the piano, a new instrument in the late 18th century. After moving to London, he created his own publishing firm and also began manufacturing fine pianos. One of Clementi’s most famous works is his Symphony No. 3 in G major in which he used the theme of God Save the King. Eleven years later he married a third and final wife, the much younger Emma Gisborne who was 23 his junior.
Dimensions: (framed) 109cm x 91cm (43” x 36”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 92cm x 74cm (36” x 29”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Fine gold metal leaf swept frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.