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Sir Henry J. Wood (1869–1944), CH, FRAM

© estate of Frank O. Salisbury. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: Royal Academy of Music

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The conductor Sir Henry Wood (1869–1944) is depicted seated, three-quarter length and turned to the left, wearing red academic robes trimmed with white ermine. He holds a copy of George Frideric Handel's 'Largo' (from the opera 'Xerxes'). Frank Salisbury, in his recollections titled, 'Sarum Chase', records that Sir Henry, following an early sitting in which they were discussing the relationship between the individual arts, said that this was his favourite piece of music, and he brought it along to the next sitting to be painted with it.

Royal Academy of Music





oil on canvas


H 111 x W 84 cm

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presented by Lady Jessie Wood, 1955

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Frank O. Salisbury


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