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John Beard was a tenor singer who created many roles in Handel's operas and oratorios, and sang at Handel's benefit concerts for the Foundling Hospital. Beard is depicted half-length turned slightly to his left, head facing forwards, in a red coat trimmed with gold, white shirt and cravat and wig, holding a hat under his left arm.

The Foundling Museum


  • Date

    1743 (?)

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    75 x 63 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    allocated to the Foundling Museum under the Government Acceptance in Lieu scheme


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