Thomas Augustine Arne(1710-1778), Composer
Sitter in 5 portraits
Composer, particularly of opera and pieces for the London theatres and pleasure gardens, also of catches and songs. 'Rule Britannia' was the finale of his masque Alfred performed at Cliveden, the Prince of Wales's house, in 1740.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
- Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne) (sister)
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