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Ten Edwardian Paintings from the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

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The Cartwight Hall in 1904

The Cartwight Hall Art Gallery in Bradford is one of the great Edwardian art galleries. It was designed by Simpson & Allen (whose other works included the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow, 1901) and named in honour of the inventor Edmund Cartwright, inventor of the power loom and the combing machine, both of which had played a huge part in Bradford’s prosperous textile industry. The building was funded largely by Samuel Lister, a local industrialist, and opened in 1904, during Bradford’s exhibition of Art and Industry. The opening exhibition was a survey of British art which culminated in the work of local artists such as William Rothenstein, William Shackleton and Ernest Sichel. Continue reading

Composer, Lover, Enigma

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Frederick Delius, by William Rothenstein (1919)

On Friday 25th May the BBC will air a new documentary on the life of the influential composer, and key Edwardian cultural figure, Frederick Delius (1862-1934). This boldly titled programme – Frederick Delius: Composer, Lover, Enigma – aims to explore the ‘multiple contradictions of his colourful life’, not least the contentious issue of his British identity.

The programme also forms part of a wider celebration of Delius’s life and work, marking 150 years since his birth in Bradford. For a comprehensive list of events, including live performances of Delius’s work, please see the Delius Society website.