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Samuel Wesley

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Samuel Wesley was best known as an organist and was particularly famed for his impromptu performances. The most original British composer of his time, his works include church and chamber music, concertos, overtures, six symphonies and a large body of works for organ and piano. Wesley's father was the hymn writer Charles Wesley and his uncle John Wesley was the evangelist and leader of Methodism. Samuel Wesley was a musical child prodigy.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London


Date

c.1815–1820

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 57.8 x W 47.6 cm

Accession number

2040

Acquisition method

Purchased, 1924

Work type

Painting


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