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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

(1875-1912), Musical composer

Sitter in 6 portraits
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was mixed-race English composer born in London to an English mother, Alice Hare Martin and a creole father from Sierra Leone, Dr Daniel Peter Hughes Taylor. Coleridge-Taylor began playing the violin at the age of five and joined the choir of a Presbyterian church in Croydon, where H.A. Walters guided his progress and arranged his admittance to the Royal College of Music in 1890. He enjoyed a considerable amount of success in the came to prominence in 1898 at the Gloucester Festival with his Ballade in A Minor, which was followed by his outstanding achievement, the trilogy for solo voices, chorus, and orchestra of Hiawatha's Wedding Feast (1898), The Death of Minnehaha (1899), and Hiawatha's Departure (1900).

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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, by Walter Wallis - NPG 5724

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

by Walter Wallis
oil on canvas, 1881
On display in the Room 28 wallcase at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5724

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, by Harry John Kempsell, for  French and Co - NPG x32771

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

by Harry John Kempsell, for French and Co
blue-toned photogravure postcard, 1901
NPG x32771

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, published by Breitkopf & Hartel - NPG x135708

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

published by Breitkopf & Hartel
vintage bromide print, circa 1905
NPG x135708

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, by E.O. Hoppé - NPG x132921

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

by E.O. Hoppé
vintage silver bromide print, 7 June 1912
NPG x132921

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, after Elliott & Fry - NPG x135999

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

after Elliott & Fry
cigarette card, published 1914
NPG x135999



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