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Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900), Composer and conductor; collaborated with Sir W.S. Gilbert

Sitter in 9 portraits
Sullivan was a prodigy, composing his first anthem aged eight. He achieved early success as a composer of serious music; wrote Cox and Box, a comic operetta, 1866, and in 1872 first collaborated with W.S. Gilbert on Thespis. With Gilbert as librettist, Sullivan composed a series of triumphantly successful comic operas, performed after 1881 at the Savoy Theatre, built for them by Richard D'Oyly Carte. Sullivan also composed numerous songs, orchestral and sacred pieces, and one grand opera, Ivanhoe, 1891. He was knighted in 1883. Sullivan died from kidney failure in 1900. His memorial stands in Embankment Gardens, not far from the Savoy Theatre.

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Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan

by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
oil on canvas, 1888
On display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1325

Ax38149

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan

by Sarony & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1864
NPG Ax38149

Ax38148

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan

by (George) Herbert Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1867
NPG Ax38148

x18489

The Green Room

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen print, 11 May 1867
On display at Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey, UK in the exhibition Ellen Terry: The Artists’ Actress
NPG x18489

x8018

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan

by Walery, published by Sampson Low & Co
carbon print, published December 1888
NPG x8018

x127485

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan

by Elliott & Fry
chlorobromide print on cream card mount, 1898
NPG x127485

Ax9170

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan

by Walery, published by Sampson Low & Co
carbon print on card mount, circa 1888
NPG Ax9170

x92094

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan

by Elliott & Fry
vintage print, 1898
NPG x92094

x81976

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, 1898
NPG x81976