A Perspective View of the Magnificent Structure Erected in the Green Park for the Royal Fire Works exhibited the 27 of April 1749, on account of the General Peace

British 18th century unknown

Coloured engraving

c1750
  • About the work
    This print relates to the magnificent show of fireworks held on 27 April 1749 in London’s Green Park. The display was organised to celebrate the end of the War of the Austrian Succession (1740–1748) and the signing of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, which was negotiated largely by Britain and France. In addition to settling territorial disputes, the Treaty also confirmed the right of succession of the house of Hanover in Britain; its fragility was made clear in under a decade, however, with the outbreak of the Seven Years War. The royal fireworks of 27 April 1749 were directed by Italian pyrotechnical specialists, and were accompanied by music composed for the occasion and conducted by George Frederick Handel (1685–1759). This event and the rehearsal at Vauxhall on 21 April provided Handel with a large audience for his music.
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    Title
    A Perspective View of the Magnificent Structure Erected in the Green Park for the Royal Fire Works exhibited the 27 of April 1749, on account of the General Peace
    Date
    c1750
    Medium
    Coloured engraving
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Parker Gallery, March 1975
    GAC number
    11831