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George Frideric Handel

6 of 8 portraits on display on Floor 1: Saloon at Beningbrough Hall

George Frideric Handel, attributed to Balthasar Denner, 1726-1728 - NPG 1976 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

George Frideric Handel

attributed to Balthasar Denner
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1726-1728
29 1/2 in. x 24 5/8 in. (749 mm x 626 mm)
Given by Arthur F. Hill, 1923
Primary Collection
NPG 1976

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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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