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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 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, by Norman Parkinson - NPG x30014

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss

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

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, by Sandra Lousada - NPG x135452

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss

by Sandra Lousada
gelatin silver print, 1961
NPG x135452


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