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January 1st, 2019

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The management team at Stillman & Birn wish you a happy and healthy 2019.
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“A view of the Fireworks and Illuminations at his Grace the Duke of Richmonds’s at Whitehall and on the River Thames” (1749)
Hand-colored etching
Beard Collection, Victoria & Albert Museum

This etching illustrates the royal fireworks on the Thames in the Whitehall section of London (near Big Ben) on May 15, 1749. The fireworks display was for the benefit of King George II to celebrate the victory of the British over the Austrian in the War of Succession. This was the occasion for which George Frideric Handel composed his renowned “Music for the Royal Fireworks”.

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