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Johann Christian Fischer

Birthplace: Freiburg, Germany
Death: Died in London
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Husband of Mary Gainsborough

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Johann Christian Fischer

Mary married Johann Christian Fischer, well-known virtuoso oboist and composer, on 21 February, 1780, at Saint Ann's Church, Soho, Westminster, London, against her father's true wishes. Marriage terminated within 6 months. As early as 1775 Fischer evinced an interest in the artist's elder daughter Mary (1748-1826), whom he married at St Ann's Church, Soho, on 21 February 1780. The wedding was agreed to reluctantly by Gainsborough, who, although he admired Fischer as a musician, perhaps hoped that his elder daughter might make a better marriage, and lodged doubts about the musician's character. He wrote to his sister on 23 February 1780: 'I can't say I have any reason to doubt the man's honesty or goodness of heart, as I never heard anyone speak anything amiss of him; and as to his oddities and temper, she must learn to like as she likes his person, for nothing can be altered now. I pray God she may be happy with him and have her health.' The marriage did not last and Mary gradually became insane. Whatever tensions Gainsborough might have been experiencing with regard to Fischer's relationship with his daughter, Gainsborough's portrait is masterly in its compositional sophistication, use of colour and sympathetic characterisation. It is clear, however, that the likeness has been painted over another portrait which will no doubt be revealed by X-ray

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Freiburg, Germany
Age 67