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Karl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787), Composer and concert impresario

Sitter in 5 portraits
One of the last of the great viola da gamba virtuosi, the German musician Abel arrived in London in 1759. He became famous for the subscription concerts at the Hanover Square rooms which he organised with Johann Christian Bach.

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Karl Friedrich Abel

by Thomas Gainsborough
black and white chalk with stump on blue paper, circa 1765
NPG 5081


Karl Friedrich Abel

by Thomas Gainsborough
oil on canvas, circa 1765
NPG 5947


Karl Friedrich Abel

by John Nixon
pen and ink and wash, 1787
NPG 5178


Karl Friedrich Abel

by William Nelson Gardiner, published by Edward Harding, after John Nixon
etching, published July 1787 (1787)
NPG D966


Karl Friedrich Abel

by William Nelson Gardiner, published by Edward Harding, after John Nixon
etching, published July 1787 (1787)
NPG D14733



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