A Head Study of Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759), by William Hogarth (1697-1764), circa 1740.

Oil on canvas, in a shaped gilt and lacquer frame, 8.7cm by 7cm.

The Baroque composer trained in Halle in his native Germany, before moving to England in 1712, where he was to spend most of his distinguished career; becoming a naturalised British subject in 1727.

Hogarth was a painter, engraver and social critic, perhaps best known for his biting, witty and humorous pictorial satire.


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