A portrait of this type, stated to be after J. Cawse from a lithograph by R. J. Lane is reproduced in H. S. Wyndham 'Annals of Covent Garden', 11 (1906), p.32. Carl Maria Frederick Ernst von Weber (1786–1826) was a German composer known as Carl Maria von Weber. Other portraits of him include a drawing by Lane from life (1826), the lithographs by Lane paid for by Mr Hawes with background by G. Childs (National Portrait Gallery), and engravings by Carl Mayer and Jugel after unknown artists. There is also a drawing of him, made shortly before his death, in the Royal Society of Musicians. It is possible that this and the portrait of Sir George Thomas Smart both came from the Smart family. Sir George Smart, when director of the Covent Garden Opera, commissioned 'Oberon' from Weber, who died in his house. Miss Smart lent a portrait of Weber by Cawse to the exhibition of portraits of musicians held at the Albert Hall in 1865. A portrait described as Weber by Cawse was sold at Christie's (lot 133) in the sale of John Greene, removed from Evans's Rooms, Covent Garden. Also, a version was in Dr Cumming's sale, Christie's (part of lot 139), 17 December 1915.
Where to see this painting?
The Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square, London, Greater London, England, WC1N 1AZ
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