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Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Bt (1879-1961), Conductor

Sitter in 24 portraits
Conductor. The grandson of the patentee of 'Beecham's Powders', he studied music and in 1906 founded the New Symphony Orchestra. In 1911 he presented Diaghilev's Russian Ballet, and in 1929 created the first Delius Festival in London. He founded the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1932, and formed the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1946. In the 1950s Beecham was much in demand as a conductor in the USA, Paris and London, where he was closely associated with the Promenade concerts held at the Royal Albert Hall . Something of his flamboyant personality is conveyed here.

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Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Bt

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1946
NPG P490(11)


Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Bt

by David Wynne
bronze head and separate hands, 1957
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4221


Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Bt

by Gordon Anthony
bromide print, circa 1935
NPG x44776


Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Bt

by Derek Allen, for Camera Press
vintage print, 1940s
NPG x194228


Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Bt

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1946
NPG x30412


Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Bt

by Derek Allen
bromide print, 1948
NPG x24101


Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Bt

by Peter Keen
vintage bromide print, 1958
NPG x125335


Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Bt

by Douglas Glass
vintage bromide print, 8 November 1959
NPG x134993


Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Bt

by Mark Wayner (Weiner)
lithograph, published 1931
NPG D23316


Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Bt

by Milein Cosman
etching, late 1950s
NPG D31568


Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Bt

by Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky), and by Curtis Moffat
gelatin silver print, early 1920s
NPG P1827


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