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Only Connect - Felix Mendelssohn <> Ludwig Van Beethoven

How are these sitters connected?

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
by Conrad Cook, published by William Mackenzie, after Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton
mid 19th century
NPG D5248

Ludwig van Beethoven
by Lazarus Gottlieb Sichling, after Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller
(1823)
NPG D13759

The connection
Felix Mendelssohn visited Baroness Dorothea von Ertmann in 1831. He was seeking an echo of Beethoven, who had been in love with the Baroness.

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