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Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900), Composer and conductor; collaborated with Sir W.S. Gilbert
Sitter in 10 portraits
Sullivan was a prodigy, composing his first anthem aged eight. He achieved early success as a composer of serious music; wrote Cox and Box, a comic operetta, 1866, and in 1872 first collaborated with W.S. Gilbert on Thespis. With Gilbert as librettist, Sullivan composed a series of triumphantly successful comic operas, performed after 1881 at the Savoy Theatre, built for them by Richard D'Oyly Carte. Sullivan also composed numerous songs, orchestral and sacred pieces, and one grand opera, Ivanhoe, 1891. He was knighted in 1883. Sullivan died from kidney failure in 1900. His memorial stands in Embankment Gardens, not far from the Savoy Theatre.