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George Frideric Handel

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Born in Saxony, Handel moved to London in 1712 from the court in Hanover. By 1714 he found himself working for his old master, now George I, for whom he composed the Water Music in 1717. For the next fifty years Handel poured out opera, oratorios and concertos. His Messiah, first performed in Dublin in 1742, was a national institution within his lifetime.
This picture was probably painted for Handel by Balthasar Denner, a fellow German. It is thought to be the earliest portrait of the composer.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

Title

George Frideric Handel

Date

1726–1728

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 74.9 x W 62.6 cm

Accession number

1976

Acquisition method

Given by Arthur F. Hill, 1923. On long-term loan to Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire

Work type

Painting

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