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Sir William Turner Walton (1902-1983), Composer

Sitter in 25 portraits
Influenced by jazz and the music of Stravinsky, he collaborated with Edith Sitwell on Façade (1923), a musical accompaniment to poems by Sitwell. Walton met Edith's brother Sacheverell at Oxford University (1918), after which the Sitwells provided him with patronage and encouragement. His later works, notably Belshazzar's Feast (1931), three concertos and two symphonies, show the evolution of a personal style combining modernist elements with traditional form. From 1919 until 1933 Walton was a part of the Sitwell brothers' household and through their association with Constant Lambert met the composer's brother Maurice. Walton was knighted in 1951.

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Sir William Turner Walton

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1935
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Sir William Turner Walton

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1935
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Sir William Turner Walton

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, 1951
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Edith Sitwell; Sir William Turner Walton; Susana Gil (nee Passo), Lady Walton

by Fox Photos Ltd
vintage print, July 1953
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Sir William Turner Walton

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1955
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