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Charles Dibdin

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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A composer, author, actor, and theatrical manager whose sea songs and operas made him one of the most popular English composers of the late eighteenth century. He began his stage career as an actor, and his first operetta, The Shepherd's Artifice, was produced at Covent Garden in 1764. By 1778, when he became composer to Covent Garden, he had produced eight operas, including The Padlock (1768) and The Waterman (1774).

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

  • Date

    1799

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    73.7 x 62.2 cm

  • Accession number

    103

  • Acquisition method

    Purchased, 1860

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