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This etching is from a series of prints commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts and Merivale Editions to celebrate the bi-centenary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Six prominent Royal Academicians responded very differently to the commission and produced a limited edition of 200 prints of their image. Sir Eduardo Paolozzi and John Bellany produced images relating to Queen of the Night from Mozart's opera The Magic Flute. Tom Phillips and Elizabeth Blackadder created images reflecting personal responses to the life and music of the composer. Peter Blake was inspired by the picture of Mozart as child genius and combined the portrait with extracts from manuscripts, documents and other images. David Tindle created an empty, cold music room with a ghostly mirror conceived as a monument to Mozart.