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Michael William Balfe

(1808-1870), Composer

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 8 portraits
Dublin-born musician and composer, Balfe came to London in 1823, where he became a violinist at the oratorios at Drury Lane. Between 1825-6, he studied with Rossini, in Italy, where he became a successful opera singer. On returning to London in 1833, he found singing engagements at the Philharmonic Concerts, and was later appointed conductor of the London Italian Opera in 1845. Balfe's numerous operas and operettas included popular compositions The Bohemian Girl (1843), Rose of Castille (1857) and Satanella (1858).

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Michael William Balfe, by Herbert Watkins - NPG P301(164)

Michael William Balfe

by Herbert Watkins
albumen print, late 1850s
NPG P301(164)

Michael William Balfe, by Herbert Watkins - NPG Ax18253

Michael William Balfe

by Herbert Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s
NPG Ax18253

Michael William Balfe, by Herbert Watkins - NPG x5158

Michael William Balfe

by Herbert Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s
NPG x5158

Michael William Balfe, by Window & Grove - NPG x134139

Michael William Balfe

by Window & Grove
albumen carte-de-visite, 1872-1879 (late 1860s)
NPG x134139

Michael William Balfe, by James Russell & Sons, after  Unknown artist, after  Window & Grove - NPG x176

Michael William Balfe

by James Russell & Sons, after Unknown artist, after Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card, late 1880s
NPG x176

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Michael William Balfe

by Mayer Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 27 March 1861
NPG Ax38783


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