Only Connect - David Garrick <> Karl Abel

How are these sitters connected?


David Garrick, by Thomas Gainsborough, 1770 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

David Garrick
by Thomas Gainsborough
1770
NPG 5054

Karl Friedrich Abel, by Thomas Gainsborough, circa 1765 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Karl Friedrich Abel
by Thomas Gainsborough
circa 1765
NPG 5081

The connection:
When the composer, impresario and viola da gamba player Carl Friedrich Abel died, the artist of this portrait, Thomas Gainsborough, wrote: ‘I shall never cease looking up to heaven …. in hopes of getting one more glance of the man I loved from the moment I heard him touch the string.’

Find out more about Garrick connections with co-curator Peter Sheppard Skaerved


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