John Reading

British Schoolc.1720-30

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery
London, United Kingdom

John Reading (d1764) acting organist of Dulwich College, 1700-2; master of the choristers at Lincoln Cathedral until 1707; organist in London from 1708; published two books of songs and anthems; the air Adeste Fideles (familiar as '0 come all ye faithful') has been attributed to him. The identification of the sitter is traditional.


  • Title: John Reading
  • Date: c.1720-30
  • Physical Dimensions: w635 x h761 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: British
  • Support: Canvas
  • School: British School
  • Provenance: Acquired by 1815; College Board Room, 1880; College Music Department, 2005.
  • Acquisition Method: Dulwich College (Purchased by Dulwich College, before 1815)

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