Johann Christian Bach
1 of 3 portraits of Johann Christian Bach
- Extended Catalogue Entry
Johann Christian Bach
by Thomas Gainsborough
oil on canvas, circa 1776
29 3/4 in. x 24 3/8 in. (755 mm x 620 mm) lined
Artistback to top
- Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), Portrait and landscape painter. Artist associated with 263 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Bach chose his close friend Gainsborough to paint his portrait for the gallery of famous musicians being formed by his master, Padre Martini, at Bologna; this second version may have been painted for Bach himself.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Cooper, John, Visitor's Guide, 2000, p. 60
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 22
- John Cooper, National Portrait Gallery Visitor's Guide, 2006, p. 60
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 26
Events of 1776back to top
Current affairsTahitian visitor to London Omai returns home with Captain James Cook on his third voyage. During his two-year stay he inspired a play and was painted by Joshua Reynolds.
Member of Parliament David Hartley unsuccessfully introduces a motion to the House of Commons calling for the abolition of the slave trade.
Art and scienceEdward Gibbon produces the first volume of his monumental The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Artist John Constable is born.
Scottish economist Adam Smith analyses the nature and causes of prosperity in his magnum opus The Wealth of Nations.
InternationalAmerican War of Independence: George Washington raises a new American flag on Prospect Hill, Boston. In an anonymous pamphlet entitled Common Sense, English immigrant Thomas Paine is the first to argue that the American colonies should be independent. Declaration of American Independence on 4 July.
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