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Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

(1852-1924), Composer

Sitter in 13 portraits
An Anglo-Irish composer, conductor, and teacher who greatly influenced the next generation of British composers. Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst were among his pupils. Stanford studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and Queen's College, Cambridge, and with Karl Reinecke in Leipzig and Friedrich Kiel in Berlin. He became professor of composition at the Royal College of Music in London in 1883 and professor of music at Cambridge in 1887. He also conducted the London Bach Choir (1885-1902) and the Leeds Triennial Festival orchestra (1901-10). Stanford was a prolific composer and was especially known for his orchestral works, which include seven symphonies and five Irish rhapsodies.

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Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, by Sir William Rothenstein - NPG 4067

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

by Sir William Rothenstein
black and white chalk, circa 1920
NPG 4067

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG Ax27902

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1894
NPG Ax27902

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG x26550

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1894
NPG x26550

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x84849

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 18 July 1921
NPG x84849

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x121097

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 18 July 1921
NPG x121097

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x121098

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 19 July 1921
NPG x121098

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, by Sir William Rothenstein - NPG D41853

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

by Sir William Rothenstein
lithograph, 1897
NPG D41853

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, by Sir William Rothenstein - NPG D20929

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

by Sir William Rothenstein
lithograph, 1897
NPG D20929

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Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print
NPG x91955

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Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative
NPG x82141

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Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

by Sir William Rothenstein
lithograph, 1897
NPG D42656

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Sir Charles Villiers Stanford ('Men of the Day. No. 949. "He found harmony in Ireland"')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 2 February 1905
NPG D45260

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