by Edward Petre Novello
oil on canvas, early 1830s
30 1/8 in. x 25 1/4 in. (765 mm x 641 mm)
Bequeathed by the sitter's great-granddaughter, Contessa Gigliucci, 1983
Sitterback to top
- Vincent Novello (1781-1861), Organist, composer and arranger of music. Sitter in 3 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Edward Petre Novello (1813-1836), Painter. Artist associated with 4 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
Vincent Novello was an organist, conductor, composer, editor and arranger of music. Born of London of an Italian father and English mother, he became the organist of the Portuguese Embassy Chapel at the age of sixteen. His success brought him an offer from George IV of a similar post at Brighton Pavilion but he declined owing to his numerous commitments in London. In 1811 he published a selection of his music as performed at the Chapel, and this laid the foundation of Novello and Co., the famous music publishing house. His house in Oxford Street was the meeting place for many well-known figures in the world of arts and letters, including the writers Charles and Mary Lamb and the poets Keats and Shelley. He is shown in this portrait by his son holding a copy of Mozart's Requiem.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 465
Events of 1830back to top
Current affairsGeorge IV dies at Windsor on 26 June; William IV succeeds to the throne.
Duke of Wellington resigns as Prime Minister to be succeeded by Earl Grey.
'Captain Swing' disturbances among agricultural districts in southern England. Taking their name from a mythical leader, hundreds of labourers break the threshing machines that threaten their winter employment.
Art and scienceLiverpool and Manchester Railway opens; MP William Huskisson is run down by a train and killed at the inaugural ceremony.
William Cobbett publishes Rural Rides; a nostalgic tribute to the English countryside which expresses dismay at the sweeping changes taking place.