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George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), Composer

Sitter associated with 36 portraits
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. In 1751 Handel’s eyesight started to fail in one eye due to a cataract which was operated on by the charlatan doctor Chevalier Taylor. This led to uveitis and subsequent loss of vision. More than three thousand attended Handel’s funeral, he was given full state honours and buried in Westminster Abbey

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1976

George Frideric Handel

attributed to Balthasar Denner
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1726-1728
On display on Floor 1: Saloon at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 1976

2151

George Frideric Handel

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, 1740s
NPG 2151

2152

George Frideric Handel

by Francis Kyte
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1742
On display at Handel House Museum, London
NPG 2152

878

George Frideric Handel

by Unknown artist
terracotta bust, circa 1755-1780
NPG 878

3970

George Frideric Handel

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, 1756
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3970

8

George Frideric Handel

after Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, (1756)
NPG 8

D35303

George Frideric Handel

by Jacobus Houbraken, by Hubert-François Gravelot (né Bourguignon)
line engraving, 1738
NPG D35303

D3213

George Frideric Handel

by Jacobus Houbraken, by Hubert-François Gravelot (né Bourguignon)
line engraving, 1738
NPG D3213

D3214

George Frideric Handel

by Jacobus Houbraken, by Hubert-François Gravelot (né Bourguignon)
line engraving, 1738
NPG D3214

D3215

George Frideric Handel

by Jacobus Houbraken, by Hubert-François Gravelot (né Bourguignon)
line engraving, 1738
NPG D3215

D3216

George Frideric Handel

by Jacobus Houbraken, by Hubert-François Gravelot (né Bourguignon)
line engraving, 1738
NPG D3216

D3217

George Frideric Handel

by Jacobus Houbraken, by Hubert-François Gravelot (né Bourguignon)
line engraving, 1738
NPG D3217

D35304

George Frideric Handel

by and sold by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, published 1749
NPG D35304

D13865

George Frideric Handel

by and sold by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, published 1749
NPG D13865

D3207

George Frideric Handel

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1750s?
NPG D3207

D3208

George Frideric Handel

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1750s?
NPG D3208

D20310

George Frideric Handel

after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, (circa 1750-1775)
NPG D20310

D35305

George Frideric Handel

after Thomas Hudson
photograph, (1756)
NPG D35305

D3204

George Frideric Handel

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Giovanni Battista Cipriani
line engraving, published 1784
NPG D3204

D3205

George Frideric Handel

by John Keyse Sherwin, after Biagio Rebecca
stipple engraving, published 1784
NPG D3205

D3211

George Frideric Handel

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Edward Francisco Burney
line engraving, 1784
NPG D3211

D35302

George Frideric Handel

by John Goldar
line engraving, published 10 September 1785
NPG D35302

D3212

George Frideric Handel

by Jean Marie Delattre, after Louis François Roubiliac
line engraving, published 14 January 1785
NPG D3212

D3218

George Frideric Handel

by William Bromley, after Thomas Hudson
line engraving, published 1786
NPG D3218

D3219

George Frideric Handel

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Giovanni Battista Cipriani
line engraving, published 1786
NPG D3219

D35301

George Frideric Handel ('Apotheosis of Handel')

by James Heath, after Biagio Rebecca
line engraving, published 26 May 1787
NPG D35301

D3206

George Frideric Handel ('Apotheosis of Handel')

by James Heath, after Biagio Rebecca
line engraving, published 21 May 1787
NPG D3206

D3209

George Frideric Handel

by John Swaine, after Giovanni Battista Cipriani
line engraving, circa 1800-1850
NPG D3209

D3210

George Frideric Handel

by John Swaine, after Giovanni Battista Cipriani
line engraving, circa 1800-1850
NPG D3210

D35300

George Frideric Handel

by and published by Charles Turner, after Bartholomew Dandridge
mezzotint, published 4 April 1821
NPG D35300

D42822

George Frideric Handel

printed by M & N Hanhart, published by Ashdown & Parry, after Thomas Hudson
lithograph, circa 1850s-1860s (1749)
NPG D42822

D42832

Sheet music cover for 'Glover's transcriptions of classical gems'

by M. Watson, published by Ransford & Son
lithograph, circa 1869-1876
NPG D42832

D19032

George Frideric Handel

after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, published circa 1749
NPG D19032

D20360

George Frideric Handel

by and sold by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, published 1749
NPG D20360

D20008

George Frideric Handel

by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Giovanni Battista Cipriani
line engraving, circa 1786
NPG D20008

D19013

George Frideric Handel ('Apotheosis of Handel')

by James Heath, after Biagio Rebecca
line engraving, published 21 May 1787
NPG D19013