Vincent Novello

1 portrait

Vincent Novello, by Edward Petre Novello, early 1830s - NPG 5684 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Vincent Novello

by Edward Petre Novello
oil on canvas, early 1830s
30 1/8 in. x 25 1/4 in. (765 mm x 641 mm)
Bequeathed by the sitter's great-granddaughter, Contessa Gigliucci, 1983
Primary Collection
NPG 5684


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  • Vincent Novello (1781-1861), Organist, composer and arranger of music. Sitter in 3 portraits.

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  • Edward Petre Novello (1813-1836), Painter. Artist associated with 4 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Vincent Novello was an organist, conductor, composer, editor and arranger of music. Born of London of an Italian father and English mother, he became the organist of the Portuguese Embassy Chapel at the age of sixteen. His success brought him an offer from George IV of a similar post at Brighton Pavilion but he declined owing to his numerous commitments in London. In 1811 he published a selection of his music as performed at the Chapel, and this laid the foundation of Novello and Co., the famous music publishing house. His house in Oxford Street was the meeting place for many well-known figures in the world of arts and letters, including the writers Charles and Mary Lamb and the poets Keats and Shelley. He is shown in this portrait by his son holding a copy of Mozart's Requiem.

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