The Novello Family
1 of 3 portraits of Mary Victoria Cowden Clarke (née Novello)
The Novello Family
by Edward Petre Novello
oil on canvas, circa 1830
57 1/2 in. x 72 3/4 in. (1460 mm x 1847 mm)
Bequeathed by Contessa Gigliucci, 1983
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Artistback to top
- Edward Petre Novello (1813-1836), Painter. Artist associated with 4 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Sittersback to top
- Mary Victoria Cowden Clarke (née Novello) (1809-1898), Literary scholar and writer. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Charles Cowden-Clarke (1787-1877), Writer and lecturer. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Edward Holmes (1797-1859), Writer on music. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Blaine Hunt, Teacher of elocution and singing. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Clara Novello (1818-1908), Soprano. Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Edward Petre Novello (1813-1836), Painter. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist associated with 4 portraits.
- Emma Novello (1814-1880?), Painter. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Florence Novello, Daughter of Vincent and Mary Novello. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Joseph Alfred Novello (1810-1896), Publisher of music. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist associated with 1 portrait.
- Mary Sabilla Novello (1789-1854), Wife of Vincent Novello. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Sabilla Novello (1821-1904), Singer and teacher of singing. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Vincent Novello (1781-1861), Organist, composer and arranger of music. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Cecilia Serle (1812-1890), Actress and singer. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Charles Stokes (1784?-1839), Organist, pianist, composer and music teacher. Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
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. In this group portrait painted by his son Edward, he is shown surrounded by some of his eleven children. His wife, Mary Sabilla Hehl, sits on the far right, and their daughter Clara, the singer, stands at his right.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 726
Placesback to top
- Place portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (sitter's home, Oxford Street, London)