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Sir Henry Rowley Bishop

(1786-1855), Composer of operas and glees

Regency Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 3 portraits
Composed light operas and incidental music for plays and arranged operas by well-known composers. He is best remembered today for his song 'Home, Sweet Home'. Between 1810 and 1830, Bishop composed, arranged and conducted dramatic musical productions at Covent Garden Theatre, King's Theatre, Haymarket, Drury Lane and Vauxhall Gardens. He wrote one opera with sung dialogue, Aladdin (1826) as well as oratorios, part-songs, and glees. His 'Home, Sweet Home', with lyrics by John Howard Payne, was the theme song from his comic opera, a musical version of Payne's play Clari, or The Maid of Milan. Bishop served as Professor of Music at Edinburgh University (1841) and Oxford University (1848).

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Sir Henry Rowley Bishop, attributed to George Henry Harlow - NPG 617

Sir Henry Rowley Bishop

attributed to George Henry Harlow
oil on canvas, circa 1810
NPG 617

Sir Henry Rowley Bishop, by Samuel William Reynolds, published by  Colnaghi & Co, after  Thomas Foster - NPG D31795

Sir Henry Rowley Bishop

by Samuel William Reynolds, published by Colnaghi & Co, after Thomas Foster
mezzotint, published July 1822
NPG D31795


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