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Sir Arnold Bax (1883-1953), Composer

Sitter in 33 portraits
Born in Streatham, he settled in Dublin in 1911 and drew on the customs and legends of the west of Ireland to write stories and compose music. His music first came to notice when Sir Henry Wood conducted his orchestral tone poem In the Faery Hills at the 1910 Promenade Concerts. Friend to many republicans, he responded to the Easter Rising of 1916 with In Memoriam. He was influenced by the Celtic revival in the arts and gained recognition with symphonic tone poems such as The Garden of Fand (1913) and Tintagel (1917). Considered to be a leading British composer after the success of his first symphony (1922), Bax was knighted in 1937.

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P1693

Sir Arnold Bax

by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé
cream-toned chlorobromide print, 6 October 1921
NPG P1693

4400

Sir Arnold Bax

by Powys Evans
ink, published 1931
NPG 4400

Ax7753

Sir Arnold Bax

by Herbert Lambert
photogravure, circa 1922
NPG Ax7753

x39297

Sir Arnold Bax

by Elliott & Fry
cream-toned print on card mount, 1926
NPG x39297

x81956

Sir Arnold Bax

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, 1926
NPG x81956

x39298

Sir Arnold Bax

by Margaret Ellsmoor
cream-toned print, 1940s
NPG x39298

x127609

Sir Arnold Bax

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 25 February 1942
NPG x127609

x127611

Sir Arnold Bax

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 25 February 1942
NPG x127611

x14348

Sir Arnold Bax

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1942
NPG x14348

x83935

Sir Arnold Bax

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 25 February 1942
NPG x83935

x10658

Sir Arnold Bax

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1944
NPG x10658

x10659

Sir Arnold Bax

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1944
NPG x10659

x2772

Sir Arnold Bax

by Howard Coster
quarter-plate film negative, 1944
NPG x2772

x2773

Sir Arnold Bax

by Howard Coster
quarter-plate film negative, 1944
NPG x2773

x2774

Sir Arnold Bax

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1944
NPG x2774

x2775

Sir Arnold Bax

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1944
NPG x2775

x163956

Sir Arnold Bax

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 8 April 1947
NPG x163956

x131728

Sir Arnold Bax

by Madame Yevonde
black and white reprint on card mount, late 1940s
NPG x131728

x10660

Sir Arnold Bax

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x10660