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Title-Page to William Shield's "Rosina"

1766 (this fourth state after 1782)
Francesco Bartolozzi (Italian, worked in Italy, England, and Portugal, 1728–1815), After Giovanni Battista Cipriani (Italian (Florentine), 1727–1785, active in London), Published by Joseph Dale (English, active about 1783–1792)

Catalogue Raisonné

De Vesme/Calabi 1867, iv/iv


Sheet: 21.3 x 25.7 cm (8 3/8 x 10 1/8 in.) Platemark: 20.8 x 25 cm (8 3/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching and engraving

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



This plate was first used in 1766 as the title-page for six sonatas for harpsichord, Op. 5, by Johann Christian Bach. It was later reworked and used as the title-page for Bach’s Op. 16, and in the third state was used as the title-page for William Shield’s opera “Rosina,” published by William Napier in 1782. This fourth state was used for a reissue of “Rosina,” published by Joseph Dale some time after 1782.


Verso, bottom right, stamped in red ink, the mark of Henry F. Sewall, New York (1816-1896)(Lugt 1309); verso, right center, stamped in violet ink, the mark of the MFA Harvey D. Parker Collection (Lugt 1870)


Henry F. Sewall, New York (1816-1896)(Lugt 1309); purchased by MFA November 1897

Credit Line

Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund