1 of 11 portraits of Henry Purcell
after John Closterman
oil on canvas, (probably 1695)
23 in. x 21 in. (584 mm x 533 mm) oval
Bequeathed by William Barclay Squire, 1927
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This is the only known portrait drawing of Purcell, and the earliest drawing of an English composer to survive. The sketch was almost certainly taken from life and at one time belonged to the eighteenth-century musicologist Dr Charles Burney.