1777. Oil on canvas. Henry E. Huntington Art Gallery, San Marino, CA, USA. Read Note.
Carl Friedrich Abel (1725-87) was a German-born and trained musician and composer, who came to London in 1759 and pursued a successful career in England. For some time he shared a house with Johann Christian Bach, more famous German composer, in 1775 they opened their own concert hall in Hanover Square. Abel was a close friend of Gainsborough. Abel's dog, lying at its owner's feet, was again portrayed by Gainsborough in Pomeranian Bitch and Pup.
See: Thomas Gainsborough. Carl Friedrich Abel. Pomeranian Bitch and Pup.