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Sir Harrison Birtwistle (b.1934), CH, FRAM

© Adam Birtwistle / Robert Travers, Piano Nobile Gallery, London. Photo credit: Royal Academy of Music

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This portrait of Sir Harrison Birtwistle is one panel from a diptych – the other panel is not held by the Academy – and was painted by the eminent composer's son, Adam Birtwisle. A large train runs through Sir Harrison's head, perhaps as a jeu d'esprit. Sir Harrison was both a student and also Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.

Royal Academy of Music





tempera & gouache on paper


H 95 x W 75 cm

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presented by members of the Royal Academy of Music Governing Body and others, 1999

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AB '99


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