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Nicolo Paganini

(1782-1840), Italian violinist

Sitter in 4 portraits
Paganini established himself as Italy's greatest violinist in solo performances between 1810 and 1828. He embarked on a tour of Europe in 1829, reaching London in 1834 where he played to rapturous crowds. Plagued by ill-health, which he treated with mercury and opium, Paganini's gaunt appearance appealed to the romantic sensibilities of his audiences. He was known for his virtuoso playing but also composed music, mostly for his own use.

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Nicolo Paganini, by Richard James Lane - NPG D5451

Nicolo Paganini

by Richard James Lane
lithograph, published 1831
NPG D5451

Nicolo Paganini, after a bronze by Jean Pierre Dantan - NPG D5452

Nicolo Paganini

after a bronze by Jean Pierre Dantan
lithograph, 1832
NPG D5452

Nicolo Paganini, after a bronze by Jean Pierre Dantan - NPG D8965

Nicolo Paganini

after a bronze by Jean Pierre Dantan
coloured lithograph, 1832
NPG D8965

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Nicolo Paganini

by Richard James Lane
lithograph, published 1831
NPG D5450

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