Only Connect - Karl Abel <> David Garrick

How are these sitters connected?


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

Karl Friedrich Abel
by Thomas Gainsborough
circa 1765
NPG 5081

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

David Garrick
by Thomas Gainsborough
1770
NPG 5054

The connection
When the composer, impresario and viola da gamba player Karl 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.’

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NPG 5179 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Karl Abel <> James Cervetto


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