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Only Connect - Karl Abel <> James Cervetto

How are these sitters connected?

The connection
In 1832, fifty years after the cellist ‘Cervetto’ first played at the ‘Bach-Abel’ concerts, Alfred Edward Chalon drew him, on stage, at eighty-six years of age.

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