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Blackadder’s etching demonstrates her superb draughtsmanship as well as the compositional style which she employed in numerous paintings, watercolours and prints – a flattened picture plane containing an array of objects, in this case referring to the story of the Magic Flute.
This series of prints were commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts and Merivale Editions to celebrate the bi-centenary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Six prominent 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.