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Amateurs of Tye-Wig Music ('Musicians of the Old School')

Edward Francis Burneyc.1820

Tate Britain

Tate Britain
London, United Kingdom

This is one of a series of images Burney produced in the 1820s satirising contemporary attitudes towards music. Here his subject is the ‘battle’ between traditional and modern music. Modern music is represented by Beethoven and Mozart, whose names appear on papers in the foreground and in the fire. Traditional music is represented by a bust of George Frederick Handel (1685–1759) in the upper centre. Below a group of musicians is playing (badly) music by Handel’s contemporary, Corelli. They are dressed in the clothing of Handel’s day, including the ‘tye-wigs’ mentioned in the title as symbolising old-fashioned music.

Details

  • Title: Amateurs of Tye-Wig Music ('Musicians of the Old School')
  • Creator: Edward Francis Burney
  • Date: c.1820
  • Physical Dimensions: 710 x 915 mm
  • Original Title: Amateurs of Tye-Wig Music ('Musicians of the Old School')
  • Provenance: Purchased with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund 1997
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Tate
  • Medium: Oil paint on canvas

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