Frank Bridge

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Frank Bridge

by Herbert Lambert
photogravure, circa 1922
6 1/2in. x 4 3/4in. (165 mm x 119 mm)
Acquired, 1955
Photographs Collection
NPG Ax7749

Sitterback to top

  • Frank Bridge (1879-1941), Musician and composer. Sitter in 6 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Herbert Lambert (1881-1936), Photographer; Managing Director of Elliott & Fry, 1926-1936. Artist or producer associated with 56 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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In Herbert Lambert's sympathetic portrait for his Modern British Composers series, Bridge appears gentle and thoughtful, qualities that perhaps contributed to the war’s profound influence on him. A professional portrait photographer, Lambert was also an amateur maker of musical instruments and was imprisoned as a conscientious objector during the war.

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The British Broadcasting Company (later British Broadcasting Corporation) is established to experiment with radio broadcasting. It is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world, providing radio, television and Internet services to the public in Britain and across the world.

Art and science

1922 is a key year for modernist literature with the publication of James Joyce's novel, Ulysses and T.S. Eliot's poem, The Waste Land. Both broke new ground with Ulysses (loosely based on Homer's Odyssey) introducing the 'stream of consciousness' narrative technique, and The Waste Land experimenting with multiple voices and a patchwork of literary, historic, mythological and personal allusions.


The Soviet Union is formed under Joseph Stalin who takes power after Lenin suffers a debilitating stroke.
In an attempt to avoid civil war, King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy invites Benito Mussolini to form a new government following the Fascist Party's March on Rome.

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