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(John) Sims Reeves

(1818-1900), Singer

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 22 portraits
Sims Reeves was the leading tenor of his generation. London-born, and trained in Paris and Milan, he made his London stage debut at Drury Lane in 1847 in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, later becoming principle tenor for several seasons at Drury Lane. His performances in oratorio were widely acclaimed, and he sang privately for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. He later became professor of singing at the Guildhall School of Music.

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(John) Sims Reeves, by Alfred Edward Chalon - NPG 1962(g)

(John) Sims Reeves

by Alfred Edward Chalon
watercolour and pencil, circa 1804-1836
NPG 1962(g)

(John) Sims Reeves, by Horatio Nelson King - NPG Ax25079

(John) Sims Reeves

by Horatio Nelson King
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax25079

(John) Sims Reeves, by Herbert Watkins - NPG x13804

(John) Sims Reeves

by Herbert Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s
NPG x13804

(John) Sims Reeves, by Nelson & Marshall - NPG x13806

(John) Sims Reeves

by Nelson & Marshall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG x13806

(John) Sims Reeves, by John Burton & Co - NPG x13803

(John) Sims Reeves

by John Burton & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1863
NPG x13803

(John) Sims Reeves, by Marcus Ward & Co - NPG Ax39825

(John) Sims Reeves

by Marcus Ward & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, 1865
NPG Ax39825

(John) Sims Reeves, by Henry Joseph Whitlock - NPG x13805

(John) Sims Reeves

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, 1867
NPG x13805

(John) Sims Reeves, by Henry Joseph Whitlock - NPG Ax28534

(John) Sims Reeves

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, 1867
NPG Ax28534

(John) Sims Reeves, by Robert White Thrupp - NPG x45339

(John) Sims Reeves

by Robert White Thrupp
albumen carte-de-visite, 1868
NPG x45339

The Birmingham Musical Festival of 1867, by Henry Joseph Whitlock - NPG x134785

The Birmingham Musical Festival of 1867

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, 1868
NPG x134785

The Birmingham Musical Festival of 1867, by Henry Joseph Whitlock - NPG x134786

The Birmingham Musical Festival of 1867

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen cabinet card, 1868
NPG x134786

(John) Sims Reeves, by Kingsbury & Notcutt - NPG x4181

(John) Sims Reeves

by Kingsbury & Notcutt
albumen cabinet card, late 1880s
NPG x4181

(John) Sims Reeves, by Unknown photographer - NPG x13807

(John) Sims Reeves

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype on card mount, late 1880s
NPG x13807

(John) Sims Reeves, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Richard Bentley & Son - NPG Ax5428

(John) Sims Reeves

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Richard Bentley & Son
carbon print, published 1888
NPG Ax5428

(John) Sims Reeves, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Richard Bentley & Son - NPG x13808

(John) Sims Reeves

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Richard Bentley & Son
carbon print, published 1888
NPG x13808

(John) Sims Reeves, by Herbert Rose Barraud - NPG x132841

(John) Sims Reeves

by Herbert Rose Barraud
albumen cabinet card, circa 1888
NPG x132841

(John) Sims Reeves, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Strand Publishing Company - NPG Ax9336

(John) Sims Reeves

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Strand Publishing Company
carbon print, published 1 January 1889
NPG Ax9336

(John) Sims Reeves ('The Great Tenor'), published by Frederick Arnold, after  Unknown artist - NPG D48235

(John) Sims Reeves ('The Great Tenor')

published by Frederick Arnold, after Unknown artist
lithograph, published in the Hornet 10 May 1871
NPG D48235

(John) Sims Reeves ('Men of the Day. No. 469.'), by Sir Leslie Ward - NPG D44489

(John) Sims Reeves ('Men of the Day. No. 469.')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 10 May 1890
NPG D44489

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