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Frederick Delius (1862-1934), Composer

Sitter in 14 portraits
Bradford-born composer of choral and orchestral works. Delius' success was established in Germany after studying at the Leipzig Conservatory (1886-8) before his merits were recognised in Britain, largely due to Sir Thomas Beecham. Works such as the opera A Village Romeo and Juliet (1907) and A Mass of Life (1909) have increased in stature over the years and ironically pieces such as Brigg Fair are now seen as quintessentially English. In later life, Delius started losing his sight and the use of his limbs, and could no longer compose however in 1928, a young musician, Eric Fenby, came to live in with the Deliuses, which enabled Delius to complete by dictation a number of other works.

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Frederick Delius

by Ernest Procter
pencil, 1929
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Frederick Delius

by Ernest Procter
oil on millboard, 1929
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
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Frederick Delius

by Ernest Procter
pencil, 1929
NPG 4975(2)

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Frederick Delius

by Ernest Procter
pencil, 1929
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Frederick Delius

by Ernest Procter
pencil, 1929
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Frederick Delius

by Ernest Procter
pencil, 1929
NPG 4975(5)

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Frederick Delius

by Ernest Procter
pencil, 1929
NPG 4975(6)

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Frederick Delius

by Ernest Procter
pencil, 1929
NPG 4975(7)

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Frederick Delius

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, 1920s
NPG x82018

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Frederick Delius

by Jacob Kramer
lithograph, circa 1932
NPG D32489

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Frederick Delius

by Edvard Munch
lithograph, circa 1922
NPG 5415

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Frederick Delius

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, 1920s
NPG x82019