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Sir Edward Elgar, Bt (1857-1934), Composer and conductor

Sitter in 19 portraits
Largely self-taught, Elgar came to prominence in the 1890s with high-profile commissions including the Imperial March for Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee (1897). He established his reputation with his Enigma Variations, 1899, a series of musical portraits of his wife and friends. His reputation was confirmed the following year with The Dream of Gerontius. Elgar's other works include the Pomp and Circumstance marches, 1901-7, the Violin Concerto, 1910, and the Cello Concerto, 1919, compositions which have won him renewed popularity, and a vast audience, in recent years. He was knighted in 1904 and appointed Master of the King's Musick in 1924.

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2219

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

by Percival Hedley
bronze bust, 1905
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2219

3868

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

by Sir William Rothenstein
chalk, 1917
NPG 3868

5707

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

by Sir William Rothenstein
chalk, circa 1919
NPG 5707

P107

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

by Herbert Lambert
bromide print, 1933
NPG P107

x11904

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x11904

x17025

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

published by Breitkopf & Hartel
vintage postcard print, 1900s-1910s
NPG x17025

x11894

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

by Charles Frederick Grindrod
bromide print, circa 1903
NPG x11894

x11905

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

by Edgar Thomas Holding
platinum print, circa 1905
NPG x11905

x11906

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

by Edgar Thomas Holding
platinum print, circa 1905
NPG x11906

x19029

Algernon Henry Blackwood; Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

by Ernest Walter Histed
platinum print, circa 1915
NPG x19029

Ax7741

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

by Herbert Lambert
photogravure, circa 1922
NPG Ax7741

x14360

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

by Herbert Lambert
vintage postcard print, circa 1922
NPG x14360

x20671

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt; Yehudi Menuhin

by Aram Alban
bromide print, circa 1930
NPG x20671

x184356

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

by Daily Herald
vintage print, 1930s
NPG x184356

x82023

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

by Herbert Lambert, for Elliott & Fry
whole-plate copy glass negative, 1942
NPG x82023

x137668

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

by Unknown photographer
half-plate glass copy negative
NPG x137668

D272

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

by Anthony Wysard
pencil and watercolour
NPG D272

x82022

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

by Herbert Lambert, for Elliott & Fry
half-plate copy glass negative, 1942
NPG x82022