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Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Bt

(1848-1918), Composer and historian of music

Sitter in 11 portraits
Prior to the First World War, the public mainly experienced classical music through live concerts, where German works frequently appeared, alongside those of the German-influenced British composers including Sir Hubert Parry. Parry was devastated when war was confirmed. As Director of the Royal College of Music (1895-1918), he witnessed the new generation of composers leave for the frontline and a growing rejection of Germanic music. Parry’s symphonic poem for orchestra, From Death to Life (1914), reflected his despair. Jerusalem (formerly And Did Those Feet In Ancient Times) (1916), set to William Blake ’s poem from 1804, was used by the Fight for Right Movement, which aimed to raise morale and support for the armed forces. However, Parry, who had discouraged his own students from enlisting, felt uneasy about the associated emphatic patriotism.

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Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Bt, by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG Ax16164

Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Bt

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1893
NPG Ax16164

Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Bt, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x127941

Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Bt

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, late 1890s
NPG x127941

Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Bt, by E.O. Hoppé - NPG x20677

Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Bt

by E.O. Hoppé
vintage bromide print on photographer's card mount, 13 November 1915
NPG x20677

Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Bt, by Walter Stoneman, for  James Russell & Sons - NPG Ax46144

Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Bt

by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG Ax46144

Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Bt, by William Rothenstein - NPG D39551

Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Bt

by William Rothenstein
lithograph, 1897
NPG D39551

Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Bt, by William Rothenstein - NPG D20930

Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Bt

by William Rothenstein
lithograph, 1897
NPG D20930

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Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Bt

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1893
NPG x196264

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Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Bt

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, late 1890s
NPG x90896

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Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Bt

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, late 1890s
NPG x82142

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