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Title: Portrait of George Alexander Macfarren.
Description: London, Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, 1881. Original photograph, woodburytype, 11,2 x 9 cm with 1 page text by Thompson Cooper, 4to in modern cover. Sir George Alexander Macfarren (2 March 1813 / 31 October 1887) was an English composer and musicologist. George Alexander Macfarren was born in London on 2 March 1813 to George Macfarren, a dancing-master, dramatic author and journalist, who later became the editor of the Musical World, and Elizabeth Macfarren, née Jackson. At the age of seven, Macfarren was sent to Dr. Nicholas's school in Ealing, where his father was dancing-master; the school numbered among its alumni John Henry, Cardinal Newman and Thomas Henry Huxley. His health was poor, however, and his eyesight weak, so much so that he was given a large-type edition of the Bible and had to use a powerful magnifying-glass for all other reading. He was withdrawn from the school in 1823 to undergo a course of eye treatment. The treatment was unsuccessful, and his eyesight progressively worsened until he became totally blind in 1860. However, his blindness had little effect on his productivity. He overcame the difficulties posed by his lack of sight by employing an amanuensis in composition. One amanuensis was composer Oliveria Prescott.

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Price: EUR 60.00 = appr. US$ 65.21 Seller: KRUL Antiquarian Books
- Book number: 75790