An unnamed man et al. in Lichfield - early April, 1788, at night

from Letter from Anna Seward to William Hayley, Esq., 17 April 1788, pages 98–99:

That ingenious Being, whom the muses condescended to visit in a saw-pit, the sometime carpenter, now joint-master of a cotton-mill, passed a week here lately; the mornings of which we devoted to poetic studies, and the evenings to the sublime music of Handel, through the energetic tones of Giovanni, and the melting notes of his daughter.

cite as

Anna Seward, Letter from Anna Seward to William Hayley, Esq., 17 April 1788. In Archibald Constable (ed.), Letters of Anna Seward: Written Between the Years 1784 and 1807, volume 2 (Edinburgh, 1811), p. 98–99. accessed: 16 July, 2024

location of experience: Lichfield


An unnamed man
Carpenter, master of a cotton mill, Poet
Anna Seward
Poet, Writer

Listening to

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unspecified vocal music
written by George Frideric Handel
performed by John Saville, Mrs Elizabeth Smith

Experience Information

Date/Time early April, 1788, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


'Giovanni' refers to the tenor John Saville, for many years a lay vicar at Lichfield Cathedral, and a close friend of Anna Seward. His daughter, also an accomplished singer, was Mrs. Elizabeth Smith.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 30 Aug 2018 16:18:55 +0100
Approved on Thu, 06 Sep 2018 17:10:17 +0100