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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

(John) Sims Reeves (1818-1900), Singer

Singer; first public appearance, 1839; studied in Paris and Milan; first appearance in oratorio, 1848; thereafter ranked as the premier English tenor; professor of singing at the Guildhall School of Music.

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.