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Only Connect - Ludwig Van Beethoven <> Joseph Joachim

How are these sitters connected?

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

Joseph Joachim
by Sir Leslie Ward
published in Vanity Fair 5 January 1905
NPG 4930

The connection
Twelve-year-old Joseph Joachim attained fame and status following his 1844 London debut performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto under the baton of Felix Mendelssohn.

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