Haydn’s passport portrait is found in a US storemain
The Joseph Haydn Privatstiftung Eisenstadt has acquired a portrait of the composer made in 1785, when he was a provincial kapellmeister on a visit to Vienna.
Five years later, with the death of his Eisenstadt patron, Haydn became a world traveller, settling for two long periods in London and earning continental acclaim.
The portrait, by Christian Ludwig Seehas, was found in a US antique store.
The portrait was his ticket to publicity.