Bonhams Old Masters Sale

October 7 2020

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The auction house Bonhams have uploaded their upcoming Old Master Paintings sale online. The sale will take place in London on 21st October 2020.

Lots of interesting paintings as usual with extremely tempting estimates. I won't spoil the fun of pointing out those that might do well.

My eye was drawn to this rather fun unidentified musician catalogued as 'Circle of Johann Kerseboom'. It's so well painted that we can read the music score that is in front him. It shows a piece identified as 'Mr Lane's Maggot'. The piece was published in a music book dated to 1695. Yet, it may be a transcription of an earlier dance relating to King Charles II's dancing master 'Mr Lane'. Here's a link to the song on YouTube if you're curious as to what it sounds like. WARNING: The song is a real earworm.

Update - I've transcribed the song for my lute and published the recording here.

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