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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Michael William Balfe (1808-1870), Composer

Musical composer and conductor; first appeared in public as a violinist, 1817; produced his first opera at Palermo, 1830; produced a succession of operas in London, including his very successful 'Bohemian Girl', 1843.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.