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George Frideric Handel

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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.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

  • Date

    1742

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    19.4 x 16.8 cm

  • Accession number

    2152

  • Acquisition method

    Bequeathed by William Barclay Squire, 1927. On long-term loan to Handel House Museum, London

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