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Frederick Delius

(1862-1934), Composer

Sitter in 18 portraits
Composer of orchestral and choral works. Bradford-born Delius studied at the Leipzig Conservatory (1886-8) and achieved success in Germany before his talent was eventually recognised in Britain, largely due to promotion by the conductor Sir Thomas Beecham. Works such as the opera A Village Romeo and Juliet (1907) and A Mass of Life (1909) have increased in reputation since Delius's death, and pieces such as Brigg Fair are now seen as quintessentially English. In 1916, he completed Requiem, dedicated 'to the memory of all young Artists fallen in the war'. In later life, Delius started losing his sight and the use of his limbs, and could no longer compose, however in 1928, a young musician, Eric Fenby, came to live in with the Deliuses, which enabled Delius to complete by dictation a number of other works.

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Frederick Delius, after Edmund John Passingham - NPG x196223

Frederick Delius

after Edmund John Passingham
snapshot print, (1870s)
NPG x196223

Frederick Delius, after Atelier Herrmann - NPG x196224

Frederick Delius

after Atelier Herrmann
snapshot print, (1880s)
NPG x196224

Frederick Delius, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x82018

Frederick Delius

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, 1920s
NPG x82018

Frederick Delius's garden, by Elsie Gordon - NPG x196219

Frederick Delius's garden

by Elsie Gordon
snapshot print
NPG x196219

Frederick Delius, by Jacob Kramer - NPG D32489

Frederick Delius

by Jacob Kramer
lithograph, circa 1932
NPG D32489

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Frederick Delius

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, 1920s
NPG x82019


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