Thomas Morell

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Thomas Morell (18 March 1703 – 19 February 1784) was an English librettist, classical scholar,[1] and printer.[2]

Thomas Morell, 1763 engraving by James Basire after William Hogarth.

Life[edit]

He was born in Eton, Buckinghamshire and educated at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge.(BA, 1726, MA, 1730 and DD, 1743).

He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and in 1768 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society as a "Rector of Buckland in Hertfordshire, Author of the Greek Thesaurus lately published, and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a Gentleman well skilled in Natural History and every branch of Polite Literature". [3]

He was appointed Garrison Chaplain at Portsmouth barracks in 1775.

Morell is important for having written the longest and most detailed surviving account of collaboration with Handel.[4]

He died in 1784 and was buried in Chiswick, London.

Librettos[edit]

He is best known as the librettist of the following of George Frideric Handel's oratorios:

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.oxforddnb.com
  2. ^ a b c d e www.jstor.org
  3. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  4. ^ The Manuscripts of J. Eliot Hodgkin, F.S.A., of Richmond, Surrey, Historical Manuscripts Commission 15th Report, Appendix, pt ii (London, 1897), 91-93