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Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911), Poet, dramatist and librettist of the 'Savoy' operas

Sitter associated with 10 portraits
Gilbert's military ambitions were frustrated by the end of the Crimean War in 1856 and, having been called to the bar in 1863, he experienced little success as a lawyer and abandoned it for literature. His mastery of witty humour and satire was honed during the 1860s by his contributions to Fun magazine. He wrote numerous plays, sketches and stories. His name is irrevocably linked with Sir Arthur Sullivan, for whose music he wrote the libretti of the 'Savoy' operas, among them HMS Pinafore, 1878, Iolanthe, 1882, The Mikado, 1885, and The Yeoman of the Guard, 1888. He built the Garrick Theatre with the profits from his plays.

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Sir William Schwenck Gilbert

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3452

3453

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3453

3574

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3574

2911

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert

by Francis Montague ('Frank') Holl
oil on canvas, 1886
NPG 2911

Ax9127

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert

by Walery, published by Sampson Low & Co
carbon print, published April 1889
NPG Ax9127

Ax5508

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, published 1890
NPG Ax5508

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Sir William Schwenck Gilbert

by Unknown photographer, copied by Walter Stoneman
whole-plate glass copy negative, copied April 1948 (1890s)
NPG x188193

x127431

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert

by Elliott & Fry
chlorobromide print on cream card mount, 1891
NPG x127431

x9128

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert

by Walery, published by Sampson Low & Co
carbon print, published April 1889
NPG x9128

x81975

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, 1891
NPG x81975