Frederick Delius

1 portrait

Frederick Delius, by Ernest Procter, 1929 - NPG 3861 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Frederick Delius

by Ernest Procter
oil on millboard, 1929
12 5/8 in. x 10 1/4 in. (321 mm x 262 mm)
Purchased, 1953
Primary Collection
NPG 3861


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Sitterback to top

Artistback to top

  • Ernest Procter (1886-1935), Artist. Artist of 40 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

This portraitback to top

A Bradford-born composer of choral and orchestral works, Delius's success was established in Germany before his merits were recognised, largely due to Sir Thomas Beecham, in Britain. For this portrait Proctor sketched the artist listening to a rehearsal for the Delius festival held at the Queen's Hall in West London in November 1929. It is a study for the larger painting in the collection of the Royal Albert Hall which shows the composer in his wheelchair. The use of a simulated rosewood frame is likely to a response to the relaxation in 1920 of the rule at the Royal Academy that all exhibitors use gilt frames.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 191
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 191
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 172
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 81