Composing Characters: Edmond Xavier Kapp's Portraits of 20th-Century Composers

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Friday 29th June (10:00) - Sunday 26th August 2012 (17:00)

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Edmond Xavier Kapp, Sir Edward Elgar

Edmond Xavier Kapp - Sir Edward Elgar (1914)


Edmond Xavier Kapp’s Portraits of 20th-Century Composers

29 June – 26 August

Print Bay, Beige Gallery

To complement the Barber's loan exhibition Facing The Music, Composing Characters is drawn from the Barber’s remarkable collection of over 240 drawings of mid 20th-century celebrities by the British caricaturist Edmond Kapp (1890-1978).

The display focuses on Kapp’s amusing and evocative portraits of prominent composers working in England during his lifetime, including Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Eugene Goossens. It explores how, as a talented musician himself, Kapp used his expressive draughtsmanship to compose pen portraits of these musicians, their characteristics and the characteristics of their music.

RELATED EVENT - GALLERY TALK - An Introduction to the Exhibition with Emalee Beddoes, Collections and Learning Intern

Tuesday 3 July, 1.15pm