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Sir Henry Joseph Wood

(1869-1944), Conductor

Sitter in 31 portraits
Wood was the first British-born musician to make a career almost entirely from conducting. In 1895 he was invited to conduct the newly created Promenade Concerts, still affectionately known as the 'Proms'. These concerts aimed to 'present the widest possible range of music, performed to the highest standards, to large audiences'. Wood created mixed programmes that included the music of contemporary composers such as Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Vaughan Williams alongside more familiar works. He was knighted in 1911.

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Sir Henry Joseph Wood, by William Rothenstein - NPG 6701

Sir Henry Joseph Wood

by William Rothenstein
sanguine, 1895-1930
NPG 6701

Sir Henry Wood with Promenade Concert Performers, by William Whiteley Ltd - NPG P1837

Sir Henry Wood with Promenade Concert Performers

by William Whiteley Ltd
albumen cabinet card, circa 1897
NPG P1837

Sir Henry Joseph Wood, by William Kerridge Haselden - NPG 4078

Sir Henry Joseph Wood

by William Kerridge Haselden
pen and ink, published in Punch 23 August 1933
NPG 4078

Sir Henry Joseph Wood, by Hilda E. Wiener - NPG 3818

Sir Henry Joseph Wood

by Hilda E. Wiener
pencil, 1938
NPG 3818

Sir Henry Joseph Wood, by Frank Salisbury - NPG 3688

Sir Henry Joseph Wood

by Frank Salisbury
oil on canvas, 1943
NPG 3688

Sir Henry Joseph Wood, by Claude Harris - NPG x9090

Sir Henry Joseph Wood

by Claude Harris
vintage bromide print, 1920s
NPG x9090

Sir Henry Joseph Wood, by Felix H. Man - NPG x1157

Sir Henry Joseph Wood

by Felix H. Man
bromide print, 1938
NPG x1157

Sir Henry Joseph Wood, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x15381

Sir Henry Joseph Wood

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate nitrate negative, 12 November 1938
NPG x15381

Sir Henry Joseph Wood, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x15382

Sir Henry Joseph Wood

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate nitrate negative, 12 November 1938
NPG x15382

Sir Henry Joseph Wood, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x15383

Sir Henry Joseph Wood

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate nitrate negative, 12 November 1938
NPG x15383

Sir Henry Joseph Wood, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x15384

Sir Henry Joseph Wood

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate nitrate negative, 12 November 1938
NPG x15384

Sir Henry Joseph Wood, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x135286

Sir Henry Joseph Wood

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate nitrate negative, 12 November 1938
NPG x135286

Sir Henry Joseph Wood, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x81329

Sir Henry Joseph Wood

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 12 November 1938
NPG x81329

Sir Henry Joseph Wood, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x81330

Sir Henry Joseph Wood

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 12 November 1938
NPG x81330

Sir Henry Joseph Wood, by Howard Coster - NPG x2385

Sir Henry Joseph Wood

by Howard Coster
print, 1944
NPG x2385

Sir Henry Joseph Wood, by Howard Coster - NPG x23984

Sir Henry Joseph Wood

by Howard Coster
quarter-plate film negative, 1944
NPG x23984

Sir Henry Joseph Wood, by Elsie Gordon - NPG x20657

Sir Henry Joseph Wood

by Elsie Gordon
snapshot print
NPG x20657

Sir Henry Joseph Wood ('Men of the Day. No. 1062.

Sir Henry Joseph Wood ('Men of the Day. No. 1062. "Queen's Hall."')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 17 April 1907
NPG D45376

Sir Henry Joseph Wood, by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie - NPG D2689

Sir Henry Joseph Wood

by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
NPG D2689

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