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William Alwyn (1905–1985), CBE, FRAM

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Royal Academy of Music

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The composer William Alwyn (1905–1985) is depicted leaning on a piano in a domestic setting, with a Georgian bull's-eye fireplace to the rear, and a standard lamp. The subject is shown in three-quarter length, hands in his pockets, wearing a dark suit, red tie, pale shirt and glasses. He faces forward. A music book is open on the top of the piano and there is a large wall-hanging over the fireplace.

Royal Academy of Music





oil on canvas


H 77.5 x W 57 cm

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Acquisition method

presented by the artist, 1970

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Inscription description

Angela Latham March 1941


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