Only Connect - James Cervetto <> Karl Abel

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

The connection
In 1832, fifty years after the cellist ‘Cervetto’ first played at the ‘Bach-Abel’ concerts, Alfred Edward Chalon drew him, on stage, at eighty-six years of age.

Find out more about Cervetto & Marchesi connections with co-curator Peter Sheppard Skaerved

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NPG 2634 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Luigi Marchesi <> Fanny Burney

NPG D5451 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Luigi Marchesi <> Nicolo Paganini


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