The Novello Family
The Novello Family
by Edward Petre Novello
oil on canvas, circa 1830
57 1/2 in. x 72 3/4 in. (1460 mm x 1847 mm)
Bequeathed by Contessa Gigliucci, 1983
Artistback to top
- Edward Petre Novello (1813-1836), Painter. Artist associated with 4 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Sittersback to top
- Charles Cowden Clarke (1787-1877), Writer and lecturer. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Mary Victoria Cowden Clarke (née Novello) (1809-1898), Literary scholar and writer. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Edward Holmes (1797-1859), Writer on music. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Blaine Hunt, Teacher of elocution and singing. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Clara Novello (1818-1908), Soprano. Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Edward Petre Novello (1813-1836), Painter. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist associated with 4 portraits.
- Emma Novello (1814-1880?), Painter. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Florence Novello, Daughter of Vincent and Mary Novello. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Joseph Alfred Novello (1810-1896), Publisher of music. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist associated with 1 portrait.
- Mary Sabilla Novello (1789-1854), Wife of Vincent Novello. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Sabilla Novello (1821-1904), Singer and teacher of singing. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Vincent Novello (1781-1861), Organist, composer and arranger of music. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Cecilia Serle (1812-1890), Actress and singer. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Charles Stokes (1784?-1839), Organist, pianist, composer and music teacher. 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. In this group portrait painted by his son Edward, he is shown surrounded by some of his eleven children. His wife, Mary Sabilla Hehl, sits on the far right, and their daughter Clara, the singer, stands at his right.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 726
Placesback to top
- Place portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (sitter's home, Oxford Street, London)
Subjects & Themesback to top
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.