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Wilma Norman-Neruda

(1838-1911), Moravian violinist; former wife of Ludvig Norman, and later wife of Charles Hallé

Wilma Norman-Neruda (née Wilhelmine Maria Franziska Neruda, later Lady Hallé)

Sitter in 7 portraits
A celebrated Moravian-born violinist whose career spanned more than six decades, her first public performance was aged seven, playing a sonata by Bach. She toured Europe with her family, visiting England in 1849. She married the Swedish conductor and composer Ludwig Norman in 1864, and became known as Wilma Norman-Neruda. They separated in 1869 and in the same year, she returned to London, where her appearances were so popular that she returned annually. Here, she met pianist and conductor Charles Hallé who became her second husband in 1888. In 1901, Hallé was appointed violinist to Queen Alexandra.

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Wilma Norman-Neruda, by Adolphe Paul Auguste Beau - NPG x136635

Wilma Norman-Neruda

by Adolphe Paul Auguste Beau
albumen carte-de-visite, late 1860s
NPG x136635

Wilma Norman-Neruda, by Window & Grove - NPG Ax38144

Wilma Norman-Neruda

by Window & Grove
albumen carte-de-visite, 1876
NPG Ax38144

Wilma Norman-Neruda, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x136473

Wilma Norman-Neruda

by Alexander Bassano
printing-out paper cabinet card, 1885
NPG x136473

Wilma Norman-Neruda, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Eglington & Co - NPG Ax5446

Wilma Norman-Neruda

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, published 1889
NPG Ax5446

Wilma Norman-Neruda, by Herbert Rose Barraud - NPG x17311

Wilma Norman-Neruda

by Herbert Rose Barraud
albumen panel card, circa 1889
NPG x17311

Wilma Norman-Neruda, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Eglington & Co - NPG x17310

Wilma Norman-Neruda

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, published 1889
NPG x17310

Various singers, actors and musicians, by and after Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax139912

Various singers, actors and musicians

by and after Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1890s
NPG Ax139912

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