Hester Lynch Piozzi et al. in Devizes - April, 1780

from Diary of Frances Burney, 7 April 1780, page 303:

[T]he third day we reached Devizes. And here, Mrs. Thrale and I were much pleased with our hostess, Mrs. Laurence, who seemed something above her station in her inn. While we were at cards before supper, we were much surprised by the sound of a piano-forte. I jumped up, and ran to listen whence it proceeded. I found it came from the next room, where the overture to the "Buona Figliuola" was performing. The playing was very decent, but as the music was not quite new to me, my curiosity was not whole ages in satisfying, and therefore I returned to finish the rubber. Don't I begin to talk…   more >>
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Frances Burney, Diary of Frances Burney, 7 April 1780. In Charlotte Frances Barrett (ed.), Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay, vol. 1: 1778-1780, volume 1 (London, 1842), p. 303. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1377788737 accessed: 21 February, 2024

location of experience: Devizes


Hester Lynch Piozzi
Writer, Writer
Frances Burney

Listening to

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Instrumental and vocal

Experience Information

Date/Time April, 1780
Medium live
Listening Environment in private, indoors


The inn was The Black Bear, and Burney also comments on the talent of the girls' brother, Thomas Lawrence, who subsequently became the leading portrait painter of his generation.

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:54:51 +0000