Metropolitan Museum, New York.
and the Lead Bust on the London Art Market in 2012 formerly (and wrongly) identified by me as Senesino.
This bust had been purchased from the sculpture dealer Patricia Wengraf of London with a provenance of Maria Avanzati (Florence).
Elizabetta Avanzati was a descendant of the Bernardi family and kept the family home in Sienna.
She responded that the bust could not have been of Senesino but not giving any reasons and so I consequently let the matter drop. She has since died.
The mysterious lead bust has been sold and as far as I know is now in a private collection.
Elizabetta Avanzati also made a tantalizing reference in The Unpublished Senesino' to a pocket or account book still with the family in Siena, which was kept by the singer, noting amongst other things his expenses incurred in London before he left London in 1736 and his sitting to Roubiliac for his bust.
The contents of this pocket book should prove fascinating both to shed more light on Senesino and Artistic lives in the 1730's. I very much look forward to hearing more.
All being well the contents of this pocket book will be published when the Metropolitan Museum gets around to putting their researches into the public realm in 2018.
Senesino left directions in his will that a marble bust should be used on his funerary monument in the crypt of a local church - the Chiesa dell'Osservanza, in Siena which was destroyed during World War II.
The house that Senesino retired to and kept an Anglophile household
Palazzo Bernardi Avanzati
The Lead Bust formerly wrongly identified by myself as Senesino.
The lead bust on display in London in 2012, formerlyidentified by me as possibly that of Senesino and currently tentatively identified here as Farinelli, now in a private collection.
Doubt still remains - this bust lacks the prominent mole on his right hand (proper) cheek seen in most of his portraits.
This is a very fine and rare mid 18th Century lead portrait bust - one of a very small group of this type of bust. See the very fine busts of Dr Salmon and his wife and another male bust in the Victoria and Albert Museum
In the past these busts have been attributed to John Cheere (1709 - 1787) younger brother of (Sir) Henry Cheere but so far to my knowledge very little evidence to their authorship has come to light.
Photographs courtesy Metropolitan Museum New York
see - http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/697974
I am informed by Patricia Wengraf that this bust is not yet on public display but is due to be mounted when the Met opens its new English Gallery in 2018. I believe they will publish their researches into the bust illustrated above at that time.
Engraved by Alexander van Haeken
Sold by Mr. Regnier, Printseller in Newport-street the End of Long Acre.'
Note - Nicole Celeste Regnier was the third wife of Louis Francois Roubiliac
Married 1758 - 9.
Francesco Bernardi called Senesino c. 1720.
Portrait by John Vanderbank
Photographed by the author with grateful thanks to James Carleton Harris, the Seventh Earl of Malmsbury, Greywill House, near Basingstoke, Hampshire.
For Invaluable information on mid 18th Century Art Theatre and Music see
the Harris Family Papers.
For a very useful introduction to the subject see -
Music and Theatre in Handel's World, The Family Papers of James Harris 1732 - 1780 by Donald Burrows and Rosemary Dunhill published Oxford 2002.
The engraving after Amiconi.
Engraving by Wagner,
Engraved by Grignion.
Miniature described by the V and A (I believe in error) as Carlo Broschi called Farenelli.
see - http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O1301277/portrait-miniature-of-carlo-broschi-miniature-zincke-christian-friedrich/
This attribution by the V and A is an obvious mistake - the miniature below is very different but bears a close relationship to other portraits of the castrati singer note particularly the mole on left hand side of his face which appears on nearly all depictions of Farinelli.
If not Farinelli could it be Senesino?
I have not yet been in contact with the museum with reference to this miniature.
William Prewitt (various spellings) pupil of Zinke.
c. 1733 - 5.
76 x 63.5 cms.
Lot 234 - 4 July 2013.
Portrait Courtesy Sotheby's.
see - http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2013/old-master-british-paintings-day-sale-l13034/lot.234.html
Image Royal College of Music.
Inscription content: Lettered within image, above with title followed by a dedication to "those Generous Encouragers of Foreigners, and Ruiners of England ...", below with verses beginning, "Brittains attend - view this harmonious Stage ...", and on either side with two scrolls listing "... the rich presents Signor Farinello ye Italian Singer Condiscended to accept ..."