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The outstanding English violinist of his generation, Albert Sammons (1886–1957) was a Royal College of Music professor from 1939–1955. Sammons was mainly self-taught, a very natural player greatly admired by his peers (including Kreisler and Heifetz). He was the original leader of the London String Quartet, with whom he performed from 1907–1919. As a soloist Sammons was a leading exponent of the works of Delius and Elgar, and it was by replacing Kreisler at short notice in a performance of Elgar's Violin Concerto that he first came to prominence.
oil on canvas
64.5 x 53 cm
gift from the artist, 1967