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Charles Dibdin Collection

Charles Dibdin (1745-1814) was a renowned musician, dramatist, and composer whose contributions to the arts left an indelible mark on British culture

Background imageCharles Dibdin Collection: Portrait of Charles Dibdin (engraving)

Portrait of Charles Dibdin (engraving)
819338 Portrait of Charles Dibdin (engraving) by Phillips, Thomas (1770-1845) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Charles Dibdin, British musician, songwriter, dramatist, novelist and actor)

Background imageCharles Dibdin Collection: Charles Dibdin (1745-1814), Portrait in the Royal Naval Exhibition (engraving)

Charles Dibdin (1745-1814), Portrait in the Royal Naval Exhibition (engraving)
1591793 Charles Dibdin (1745-1814), Portrait in the Royal Naval Exhibition (engraving) by Phillips, Thomas (1770-1845) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Charles Dibdin (1745-1814)

Background imageCharles Dibdin Collection: The grave of musician and dramatist Charles Dibdin (coloured engraving)

The grave of musician and dramatist Charles Dibdin (coloured engraving)
605181 The grave of musician and dramatist Charles Dibdin (coloured engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCharles Dibdin Collection: The Last Shilling, from Songs, Naval and National: Of the Late Charles Dibdin

The Last Shilling, from Songs, Naval and National: Of the Late Charles Dibdin
2492551 The Last Shilling, from Songs, Naval and National: Of the Late Charles Dibdin, pub. 1841 (hand coloured engraving) by Cruikshank

Background imageCharles Dibdin Collection: Charles Dibdin (engraving)

Charles Dibdin (engraving)
3632671 Charles Dibdin (engraving) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Charles Dibdin. Illustration for Cyclopedia of Music)

Background imageCharles Dibdin Collection: Charles Dibdin (gravure)

Charles Dibdin (gravure)
734386 Charles Dibdin (gravure) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Charles Dibdin. Illustration for Celebrated Musicians of All Nations by M Fs Harvey)

Background imageCharles Dibdin Collection: Scene in a Farce called The Quaker, December 22, 1783. December 22, 1783

Scene in a Farce called The Quaker, December 22, 1783. December 22, 1783
Scene in a Farce called The Quaker, December 22, 1783

Background imageCharles Dibdin Collection: C. Dibdin, (c1745-1814), 1830. Creator: Unknown

C. Dibdin, (c1745-1814), 1830. Creator: Unknown
C. Dibdin, (c1745-1814), 1830. Charles Dibdin (c1745-1814) British composer, musician, dramatist, novelist and actor. From " Biographical Illustrations", by Alfred Howard. [Thomas Tegg, R

Background imageCharles Dibdin Collection: Portrait of the composer Charles Dibdin (1745-1814), 1814

Portrait of the composer Charles Dibdin (1745-1814), 1814. Private Collection

Background imageCharles Dibdin Collection: A Scene on board a Margate Hoy, as described by Dibdin, 1804 (hand-coloured etching)

A Scene on board a Margate Hoy, as described by Dibdin, 1804 (hand-coloured etching)
XJF473765 A Scene on board a Margate Hoy, as described by Dibdin, 1804 (hand-coloured etching) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)


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Charles Dibdin (1745-1814) was a renowned musician, dramatist, and composer whose contributions to the arts left an indelible mark on British culture. His talent and creativity were captured in various portraits and engravings throughout his life. One such portrait is the engraving titled "Portrait of Charles Dibdin, " which showcases his distinguished features and charismatic presence. Another engraving, "Charles Dibdin (1745-1814), Portrait in the Royal Naval Exhibition, " pays homage to his connection with the Navy, as he composed numerous songs that resonated with sailors. The coloured engraving of "The grave of musician and dramatist Charles Dibdin" serves as a poignant reminder of his final resting place. It symbolizes the end of a remarkable career that brought joy to countless audiences. Dibdin's musical prowess shines through in works like "The Last Shilling" from his collection Songs, Naval and National: Of the Late Charles Dibdin. This composition exemplifies his ability to capture emotions within melodies, leaving listeners moved by its beauty. His impact extended beyond music into theater productions like "Scene in a Farce called The Quaker. " This December 1783 performance showcased both his comedic writing skills and theatrical genius. Similarly, Thomas Rowlandson's illustration titled "Quaker in Love" captures another facet of Dibdin's creative range with its whimsical depiction. Through these engravings and gravures like C. Dibdin (c1745-1814), we catch glimpses into this extraordinary artist's life. Each image tells a story—of passion for music, dedication to craft—and invites us to explore further into the world he created. In 1814, when Charles Dibdin passed away at age 69, an engraving titled "Portrait of the composer Charles Dibdin (1745-1814)" immortalized his legacy.