© National Portrait Gallery, London
George Frideric Handel
attributed to Balthasar Denner Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1726-1728
29 1/2 in. x 24 5/8 in. (749 mm x 626 mm)
Given by Arthur Frederick Hill, 1923
This picture was probably painted for Handel by Balthasar Denner, a fellow German. It is thought to be the earliest portrait of the composer. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).
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