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Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), Composer

Sitter in 34 portraits
Born in Gloucestershire, he studied with Parry at the Royal College of Music, with Brüch in Berlin and Ravel in Paris. He edited The English Hymnal (1906). He was a leading figure, with Holst, in the folk-song revival in Britain from 1903. Teacher of Composition at the Royal College of Music (1919-39), he established a native school of music based on choral and ballad traditions. His nine symphonies include A Sea Symphony(1903-9) based on poems by Walt Whitman, the Pastoral Symphony (1922), and the Sinfonia Antarctica (1952), which grew out of his music for the film Scott of the Antarctic (1948).

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

by Sir Robert Vere ('Robin') Darwin
oil on canvas, circa 1922
NPG 5495


Ralph Vaughan Williams

by Sibella Bonham-Carter
watercolour and pencil, 1928
NPG 5022


Ralph Vaughan Williams

by Joy Finzi (Joyce Amy)
pencil and chalk, 1947
NPG 4086


Ralph Vaughan Williams

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1949
NPG P490(81)


Ralph Vaughan Williams

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1949
NPG P490(82)


Ralph Vaughan Williams

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1950
NPG 4762


Ralph Vaughan Williams

by David McFall
bronze head, 1958 (1956)
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4088


Ralph Vaughan Williams

by Sir Gerald Kelly
oil on canvas, 1958-1961
NPG 4829


Ralph Vaughan Williams

by Herbert Lambert
photogravure, early 1920s
NPG Ax7744


Ralph Vaughan Williams

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, January 1936
NPG x4127


Ralph Vaughan Williams

by Douglas Glass
vintage bromide print, 7 August 1949
NPG x33970


Ralph Vaughan Williams

by Norman Parkinson
bromide print on card mount, 1951
NPG x30012


Ralph Vaughan Williams

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1954
NPG x2143


Ralph Vaughan Williams

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1954
NPG x2369


Ralph Vaughan Williams

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass copy negative, August 1949 (January 1936)
NPG x190218


Ralph Vaughan Williams

by Howard Coster
35mm negative, 1940s
NPG x19700


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