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Thomas Augustine Arne

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Thomas Augustine Arne, after Francesco Bartolozzi, (circa 1770) - NPG 1130 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thomas Augustine Arne

after Francesco Bartolozzi
hand-coloured etching, (circa 1770)
11 in. x 8 3/4 in. (279 mm x 222 mm)
Given by Sir Lionel Henry Cust, 1898
Primary Collection
NPG 1130


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  • Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815), Engraver. Artist associated with 164 portraits, Sitter in 16 portraits.

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The composer Thomas Arne specialised in opera and pieces for the London theatres and pleasure gardens, but also wrote many catches and songs. 'Rule Britannia' was the finale of his masque Alfred which was performed at Cliveden, the Prince of Wales' house, in 1740. It is this piece of music that the composer is playing on the organ in this etching.

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