Mestrino, Nicola. (1748-1789)
Bust portrait in profile of the Italian violinist and composer, engraved by Lambert after an original drawing by Cartier. Some light foxing and smudging; overall in fine condition. 4.5 x 7 inches (11.5 x 8 cm), mounted with plastic corners to a folded sheet of red card, 8.75 x 13.5 inches (22.5 x 34.3 cm).
"He entered the service of Prince Esterházy in November 1780 and played in the orchestra under Haydn. In 1785 he became chamber musician of Count Erdoedy in Pressburg (now Bratislava). The following year he travelled to Brussels and proceeded from there to Paris. There he made his début at the Concert Spirituel during the Christmas season 1786 and his style was warmly acclaimed as ‘new, full of expression and sensitivity’ (Mercure de France). Soon he became one of the city’s most popular performers. Viotti thought highly of him and engaged him as leader of the Théâtre de Monsieur from its opening in January 1789." (Grove Online)