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Vincent Novello (1781-1861), Organist, composer and arranger of music

Sitter in 3 portraits
From 1797 to 1822, he was organist at the Portuguese embassy chapel, where he directed the first English performances of masses by Joseph Haydn and W.A. Mozart. He worked as pianist and conductor at the Italian Opera, London and as organist at the Roman Catholic chapel at Moorfields. A founder of the Philharmonic Society, Novello had a distinguished circle of friends, including the Lambs, Leigh Hunt, P.B. Shelley and John Keats. Although he was a prolific composer, his work as a publisher was more significant. His Collection of Sacred Music (1811) marked the founding of the Novello publishing house.

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Vincent Novello

by Edward Petre Novello
oil on canvas, early 1830s
NPG 5684


The Novello Family

by Edward Petre Novello
oil on canvas, circa 1830
On display in the Ladies Drawing Room at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG 5686


Vincent Novello

by G. De Wilde, after Edward Petre Novello
wood engraving, mid 19th century
NPG D5373