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Only Connect - Richard Cosway <> Ludwig Van Beethoven

How are these sitters connected?

Richard Cosway
after Richard Cosway
based on a work of circa 1790
NPG 1678

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

The connection
The retinue of Richard Cosway’s patron, the Prince Regent, included the violinist, George Bridgetower. He was sent to Vienna, where he collaborated with Ludwig van Beethoven.

Find out more about Cosway connections with co-curator Peter Sheppard Skaerved

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