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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, attributed to Balthasar Denner - NPG 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

George Frideric Handel, by Unknown artist - NPG 2151

George Frideric Handel

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, 1740s
NPG 2151

George Frideric Handel, by Francis Kyte - NPG 2152

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, by Unknown artist - NPG 878

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, by Thomas Hudson - NPG 3970

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, after Thomas Hudson - NPG 8

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, by Jacobus Houbraken, by  Hubert-François Gravelot (né Bourguignon) - NPG D35303

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, by Jacobus Houbraken, by  Hubert-François Gravelot (né Bourguignon) - NPG D3213

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, by Jacobus Houbraken, by  Hubert-François Gravelot (né Bourguignon) - NPG D3214

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, by Jacobus Houbraken, by  Hubert-François Gravelot (né Bourguignon) - NPG D3215

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, by Jacobus Houbraken, by  Hubert-François Gravelot (né Bourguignon) - NPG D3216

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, by Jacobus Houbraken, by  Hubert-François Gravelot (né Bourguignon) - NPG D3217

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, by and sold by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D35304

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, by and sold by John Faber Jr, after  Thomas Hudson - NPG D13865

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, after Unknown artist - NPG D3207

George Frideric Handel

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1750s?
NPG D3207

George Frideric Handel, after Unknown artist - NPG D3208

George Frideric Handel

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1750s?
NPG D3208

George Frideric Handel, after Thomas Hudson - NPG D20310

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, after Thomas Hudson - NPG D35305

George Frideric Handel

after Thomas Hudson
photograph, (1756)
NPG D35305

George Frideric Handel, by Francesco Bartolozzi, after  Giovanni Battista Cipriani - NPG D3204

George Frideric Handel

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

George Frideric Handel, by John Keyse Sherwin, after  Biagio Rebecca - NPG D3205

George Frideric Handel

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

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