John Beard

Image credit: Gerald Coke Handel Collection, The Foundling Museum

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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.

Foundling Museum



John Beard


1743 (?)


oil on canvas


H 75 x W 63 cm

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

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