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Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss

(1891-1975), Composer

Sitter in 41 portraits
A composer of orchestral and chamber works, Bliss drew inspiration from painting and sculpture. After serving with distinction in World War One, he came to prominence with his Colour Symphony (1922). In 1930, Bliss wrote Morning Heroes, a symphony in memory of his brother and friends killed in battle in the war. Other important work includes the ballet Checkmate (1937) and the score for the film Things to Come (1935), considered one of the finest works in that medium. During World War Two he was the BBC's Director of Music and became Master of the Queen's Music from 1953.

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Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, by (Percy) Wyndham Lewis - NPG 6865

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss

by (Percy) Wyndham Lewis
pencil, 1922
NPG 6865

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, by Mark Gertler - NPG 5305

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss

by Mark Gertler
oil on canvas, 1932
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5305

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, by Angus McBean - NPG P886

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1949
NPG P886

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, by Herbert Lambert - NPG Ax7755

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss

by Herbert Lambert
photogravure, circa 1922
NPG Ax7755

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, by Herbert Lambert - NPG x133147

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss

by Herbert Lambert
photogravure, circa 1922
NPG x133147

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, by Gordon Anthony - NPG x44785

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss

by Gordon Anthony
modern bromide print from original negative, 1937
NPG x44785

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss; Adele Leigh, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x184237

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss; Adele Leigh

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 16 December 1949
NPG x184237

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x165316

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1952
NPG x165316

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x182174

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1953
NPG x182174

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x82370

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, 1953
NPG x82370

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x82371

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, 1953
NPG x82371

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x82372

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, 1953
NPG x82372

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd - NPG x182381

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss

by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd
bromide press print, 2 August 1955
NPG x182381

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, by Norman Parkinson - NPG x30014

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss

by Norman Parkinson
bromide print on card mount, 1956
NPG x30014

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