German School early 19th century - Portrait of the Composer Friedrich Heinrich Himmel
German School early 19th century
Portrait of the Composer Friedrich Heinrich Himmel
Chalk pastel on paper. 53.5 x 41.5 cm.
Framed under glass.
Friedrich Heinrich Himmel was born in Treuenbrietzen in 1765. His musical talent was recognised early in his life. The Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm II became aware of him in 1786 and awarded him an annual salary. Himmel was appointed Royal Bandmaster in 1795 whilst on an educational sojourn to Italy, from which he returned to Potsdam immediately. He composed numerous instrumental and choral works, often for courtly celebrations such as the wedding of Princess Auguste of Prussia to Prince Elector Wilhelm of Kassel in 1797, and the funeral of his patron Friedrich Wilhelm II. Himmel died in Berlin in 1814.
From the estate of a descendant of the composer's brother in law.