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.
by Thomas Gainsborough
black and white chalk with stump on blue paper, circa 1765
On display at Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, Netherlands in the exhibition Gainsborough in his Own Words