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George Frideric Handel

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George Frideric Handel, by Unknown artist, circa 1755-1780 - NPG 878 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

George Frideric Handel

by Unknown artist
terracotta bust, circa 1755-1780
17 1/4 in. (438 mm) high
Given by W.H. Withall, 1891
Primary Collection
NPG 878


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Once attributed to Roubiliac, the only major contemporary sculptor known to have portrayed Handel, it is clear that in reality this terracotta bust is another type by another hand. It is tempting to associate it with an as yet unidentified edition of thirty casts advertised for sale by an F. Bull as early as 1758. 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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