Items from the Gerald Coke Handel Collection have been loaned to Boughton House for their summer exhibition on the composer George Frideric Handel.
The Handel Exhibition 2016, looks at key moments in the composer’s life and his legacy, with items from the Duke of Buccleuch’s musical archives and treasures from other important collections. The exhibition features loans from the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, an internationally-important collection of material relating to the composer and his contemporaries, that is held by the Foundling Museum. Items on loan include Roubiliac’s terracotta modello of Handel for the Westminster Abbey monument; a ceramic bust by Ralph Wood; scores for Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks and an engraving of the French dancer Marie Sallé.
Boughton House is the ancestral home of the 2nd Duke of Montagu, who was in charge of organising the Royal Fireworks in 1749 where Handel premiered his famous Music for the Royal Fireworks. This popular piece was performed again at Handel’s first benefit concert at the Foundling Hospital, only a few weeks after its premiere in Green Park.