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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), Musical composer

Sitter in 6 portraits
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was a composer who enjoyed considerable success in the early years of the twentieth century. At the age of five, Coleridge-Taylor began playing the violin and joined the choir of a Presbyterian church in Croydon, where H.A. Walters guided his progress and arranged his admittance to the Royal College of Music in 1890. He came to prominence in 1898 at the Gloucester Festival with his Ballade in A Minor, which was followed by his outstanding achievement, the trilogy for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra of Hiawatha's Wedding Feast (1898), The Death of Minnehaha (1899), and Hiawatha's Departure (1900).

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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

by Walter Wallis
oil on canvas, 1881
NPG 5724

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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

by Harry John Kempsell, for French and Co
blue-toned photogravure postcard, 1901
NPG x32771

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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

published by Breitkopf & Hartel
vintage bromide print, circa 1905
NPG x135708

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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé
vintage silver bromide print, 7 June 1912
NPG x132921

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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

after Elliott & Fry
cigarette card, published 1914
NPG x135999