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18th century portrait of the German Flautist and composer Johann Joachim Quantz

c.1750

$18,553.08

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Portrait of Johann Quantz (1697-1773), flutist and composer, wearing a blue velvet coat, waistcoat and breeches, standing in a garden landscape with his flute and music on a bench beside him, c.1750. Johann Joachim Quantz was a flute player and maker and composer at royal courts, being one of the most famous musicians of his day. He was flute teacher to Frederick the Great and composed hundreds of flute sonatas and concertos, including his 'On Playing the Flute', a treatise on flute performance which became a valuable reference for flute playing in the 18th century. He was born in the village of Oberscheden, in the Electorate of Hanover in Germany. His father was a blacksmith and at the age of 11, after being orphaned, he began an appreticeship in 1708 with his uncle, Justus Quantz, a town musician in Merseburg. At the completion of his apprenticeship Quantz was able to play most of the principle string instruments and the oboe and trumpet. In 1716 Quantz accepted an invitation to join the town band in Dresden, the capital of Saxony and one of the most important artistic centres in Europe. In 1718 he became oboist to the court of August II, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, but shortly after decided to pursue the flute, studying under the famous French flute player Pierre-Gabriel Buffardin from the Royal Orchestra. He embarked on a Grand Tour of Europe between 1724 and 1727, with the financial support of the Dresden court, studying with Francesco Gasparini in Rome, meeting Alessandro Scarlatti in Naples, befriending flutist Michel Blavet in Paris and Handel in London. After a visit to the Prussian court in 1728, the Crown Prince, Frederick of Prussia who had been deeply impressed by Quantz, decided to study the flute and Quantz became his teacher for several visits a year. When Frederick became King in 1740, Quantz accepted a position as flute teacher, maker and composer at the court of Berlin, and he remained in service with Frederick until his death in 1773.

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  • Creation Year
    c.1750
  • Dimensions
    Height: 24.41 in. (62 cm)Width: 19.1 in. (48.5 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
  • Circle Of
    Arthur Devis (1712 - 1787)
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  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Bath, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU9528633882

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