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Sir William Turner Walton (1902-1983), Composer

Sitter in 25 portraits
Influenced by jazz and the music of Stravinsky, he collaborated with Edith Sitwell on Façade (1923), a musical accompaniment to poems by Sitwell. Walton met Edith's brother Sacheverell at Oxford University (1918), after which the Sitwells provided him with patronage and encouragement. His later works, notably Belshazzar's Feast (1931), three concertos and two symphonies, show the evolution of a personal style combining modernist elements with traditional form. From 1919 until 1933 Walton was a part of the Sitwell brothers' household and through their association with Constant Lambert met the composer's brother Maurice. Walton was knighted in 1951.

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5913

Sir William Turner Walton

by Maurice Lambert
bronze head, circa 1925
NPG 5913

P55

Sir William Turner Walton

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1926
NPG P55

5138

Sir William Turner Walton

by Michael Ayrton
oil on canvas, 1948
NPG 5138

P150(37)

Sir William Turner Walton

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1978
NPG P150(37)

P844

Sir William Turner Walton

by Lord Snowdon
vintage bromide print, 7 April 1980
NPG P844

x40409

Cecil Beaton and his friends

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, October 1927
NPG x40409

x14661

Sir William Turner Walton

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1935
NPG x14661

x81194

Sir William Turner Walton

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 3 April 1937
NPG x81194

x81195

Sir William Turner Walton

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 3 April 1937
NPG x81195

x81196

Sir William Turner Walton

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 3 April 1937
NPG x81196

x81197

Sir William Turner Walton

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 3 April 1937
NPG x81197

x14232

Sir William Turner Walton

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1940s
NPG x14232

x91673

Sir William Turner Walton

by Elliott & Fry
vintage print, 1951
NPG x91673

x194188

Edith Sitwell; Sir William Turner Walton; Susana Gil (née Passo), Lady Walton

by Fox Photos Ltd
vintage print, July 1953
NPG x194188

x32799

Sir William Turner Walton

by Derek Allen
bromide print, 1954
NPG x32799

x27250

Sir William Turner Walton

by Baron (Sterling Henry Nahum)
bromide print
NPG x27250

4640

Sir William Turner Walton

by Reginald John ('Rex') Whistler
pencil, 1929
NPG 4640

x14659

Sir William Turner Walton

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1935
NPG x14659

x14660

Sir William Turner Walton

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1935
NPG x14660

x14662

Sir William Turner Walton

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1935
NPG x14662