Arnold Dolmetsch

1 portrait

Arnold Dolmetsch, by Herbert Lambert, circa 1925 - NPG P108 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Arnold Dolmetsch

by Herbert Lambert
bromide print, circa 1925
5 7/8 in. x 6 7/8 in. (149 mm x 175 mm)
Given by the photographer's daughter, Mrs Barbara Hardman, 1978
Primary Collection
NPG P108


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Sitterback to top

  • Arnold Dolmetsch (1858-1940), Musician and historian of music. Sitter in 12 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Herbert Lambert (1881-1936), Photographer; managing director of Elliott & Fry, 1926-1936. Artist associated with 47 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

This portraitback to top

Born in France of Bohemian origin, Arnold Dolmetsch trained as a musical instrument maker with his father, and came to England about 1883. With the encouragement of Sir George Grove (of dictionary fame), he began his investigations into early English instrumental music and the way it was played. This led to the making of lutes, virginals, clavichords, hapsichords, recorders, viols and violins, which became his life's work. In 1925 he founded at Haslemere in Surrey, where he lived, an annual summer festival of early music. He is seen in this photograph playing one of his own lutes. Given by the photographer's daughter Mrs Barbara Hardman, 1978.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 195