The Musical Entertainer

Engraved by George Bickham Jr. (English, 1706?–1771), Engraved by George Bickham, Sr. (English, 1684–1769), After Hubert François Gravelot (French, 1699–1773), After Antoine Watteau (French, 1684–1721), After François Boucher (French, 1703–1770), After Claude Gillot (French, 1673–1722), After William Hogarth (English, 1697–1764), Author George Frideric Handel (German, 1685–1759), Publisher Charles Corbett (English, 1710–1752)

Place of Publication: London, England

Catalogue Raisonné

Cohen-de Ricci 145-146; Ray, French Illustrated Book, 12


Overall: 41.3 x 27.5 x 4 cm (16 1/4 x 10 13/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 207 engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(London: George Bickham [v. 1] and Charles Corbett [v. 2], 1737-1741) Folio, two volumes in one; [v. 1] 107 leaves, [v. 2] 102 leaves; contemporary blind-stamped rough calf [suede], gilt-stamped red morocco label.

Engraved sheet music, most leaves with decorative pictorial vignettes above.

London: George Bickham [v.1] and Charles Corbett [v.2], 1737-1741


Acquired in 1921 by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Collection—Bequest of William A. Sargent