|A carte-de-visite portrait of the noted cellist Philippe Lamoury (1835-1890), who during the 1860s appeared in concert with his violinist brother François Lamoury. The two were billed as the Frères Lamoury.
The sitter has signed the mount recto across the lower margin in ink. He has also inscribed the reverse in ink ‘A mon ami / Guillaume / P. Lamoury / Dublin le 2 Mai 1863’ [To my friend / William / P. Lamoury / Dublin 2 May 1863].
According to a review printed on 4 May 1863 in the Dublin-based journal Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser, ‘the last of the two grand concerts announced by Mr Harris took place on Saturday evening at the Ancient Concert Hall, Great Brunswick-street’. The main attraction of the evening was the soprano Marietta Alboni but the review also mentions that ‘The instrumental portion of the entertainment, which was supported by the Freres Lamoury and Mr Wehli [pianist and conductor], was excellent, both in subjects and execution’.
[Please note that the 1861 caricature of the two brothers by Henry Fusino is shown here for illustration purposes only.]
Photographed by Pierre Petit of Paris.
condition: The print presents a couple of small imperfections in the area of the background but is otherwise in excellent condition, with very good tonal range. The mount presents a very small amount of corner wear but is otherwise clean, firm and solid. The inked inscriptions are clear and bold, though the signature verso is slightly smudged at the top of two letters.
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