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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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George Frideric Handel, by Francesco Bartolozzi, after  Edward Francisco Burney - NPG D3211

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, by John Goldar - NPG D35302

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, by Jean Marie Delattre, after  Louis François Roubiliac - NPG D3212

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, by William Bromley, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D3218

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, by Francesco Bartolozzi, after  Giovanni Battista Cipriani - NPG D3219

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel ('Apotheosis of Handel'), by James Heath, after  Biagio Rebecca - NPG D35301

George Frideric Handel ('Apotheosis of Handel')

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

George Frideric Handel ('Apotheosis of Handel'), by James Heath, after  Biagio Rebecca - NPG D3206

George Frideric Handel ('Apotheosis of Handel')

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

George Frideric Handel, by John Swaine, after  Giovanni Battista Cipriani - NPG D3209

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, by John Swaine, after  Giovanni Battista Cipriani - NPG D3210

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, by and published by Charles Turner, after  Bartholomew Dandridge - NPG D35300

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, printed by M & N Hanhart, published by  Ashdown & Parry, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D42822

George Frideric Handel

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

Sheet music cover for 'Glover's transcriptions of classical gems', by M. Watson, published by  Ransford & Son - NPG D42832

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

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

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George Frideric Handel

after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, published circa 1749
NPG D19032

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George Frideric Handel

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

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George Frideric Handel

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

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George Frideric Handel ('Apotheosis of Handel')

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

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