George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) composer

  • About the work

    This work is wrongly attributed to William Hogarth on the print itself. In fact it was painted by Bartholomew Dandridge. Questions have also been raised over whether the work represents the composer George Frederic Handel. An oil-on-canvas copy of the portrait is held in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. However, the whereabouts of the original work is currently unknown.

  • About the artist
    Charles Turner was born in Woodstock, Oxfordshire; the son of an excise officer. At a young age he moved to London, where he was apprenticed to engraver John Jones and studied at the Royal Academy schools. He later produced work in mezzotint, aquatint and stipple for publishers in London and Scotland. He also began publishing his own prints in 1796. In 1812 he was appointed Engraver-in-Ordinary to George III. He was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1828. Throughout his career he is thought to have produced 638 portrait engravings and over 300 subject engravings. These were generally made after works by contemporary artists, such as Raeburn, Lawrence and J. M. W. Turner, with whom the engraver enjoyed a long standing friendship.
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  • Details
    Title
    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) composer
    Date
    published 4 April 1821
    Medium
    Mezzotint
    Dimensions
    height: 53.00 cm, width: 37.20 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Grosvenor Prints, March 2001
    Provenance
    Grosvenor Prints, London
    GAC number
    17602