Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782), Composer

Composer, ‘the English Bach’; b. Leipzig, 11th son of J. S. Bach; studied in Bologna from 1756; organist at Milan Cathedral 1760-62; came to London 1762 and made music master to the Queen; prior to his marriage in 1773, he shared house with K. F. Abel; d. London.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, 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.