Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan
Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan
by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
oil on canvas, 1888
45 1/2 in. x 34 1/4 in. (1156 mm x 870 mm)
Bequeathed by Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan, 1902
Sitterback to top
- Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900), Composer and conductor; collaborated with Sir W.S. Gilbert. Sitter in 11 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt (1829-1896), Painter and President of the Royal Academy; ex-officio Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. Artist associated with 41 portraits, Sitter in 76 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Smartify image discovery app
- Funnell, Peter (introduction); Marsh, Jan, A Guide to Victorian and Edwardian Portraits, 2011, p. 31 Read entry
Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) achieved early success as a composer of serious music. In 1866 he wrote Cox and Box, a comic operetta, and in 1872 first collaborated with W. S. Gilbert on Thespis. With Gilbert as librettist, Sullivan composed a series of triumphantly successful comic operettas, performed after 1881 at the Savoy Theatre in London, which was built for them by Richard D’Oyly Carte. Sullivan also composed numerous songs, including ‘The Lost Chord’ (1877), orchestral and sacred pieces, and one grand opera, Ivanhoe (1891).
- Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 190
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 598
Events of 1888back to top
Current affairsCharles Ritchie, President of the Local Government Board, is responsible for the Local Government Act, a landmark piece of reform that establishes 62 elected county councils and over sixty county boroughs, with responsibility for roads, bridges, drains and general county business.
Five prostitutes are murdered, and their bodies mutilated, in Whitechapel, East London, by an unidentified killer who became known as 'Jack the Ripper'. The murderer was never discovered.
Art and scienceHeinrich Hertz performs experiments validating James Clark Maxwell's model of electromagnetic radiation, a form of wireless energy transfer. His apparatus for generating electromagnetic waves is recognised as the first radio transmitter.
The term 'arts and crafts' is coined by the bookbinder T J Cobden-Sanderson with the establishment of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society.
InternationalAccession of Kaiser Wilhelm II to the German throne. Wilhelm, the son of Kaiser Frederick III and Victoria, daughter of Queen Victoria, was the last Kaiser of Germany.
George Eastman invents the Kodak box camera, the first commercially successful box camera for roll film, with the slogan 'you press the button - we do the rest'.
Listen to a series of podcasts exploring the lives of pioneering women, past and present.
William Eggleston was closely associated with the alternative music scene in Memphis. Revisit our 2016 exhibition and listen to a special playlist.
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