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Sir John Barbirolli (1899–1970), CH, CBE, FRAM

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Sir John Barbirolli (1899–1970) is seen here wearing concert dress, depicted from below, three-quarter length with his arms and head uplifted, holding a white baton. His left thumb, familiar in this position from many photographs, is noticeably extended. Sir John was a cellist as well as an eminent conductor and, as a boy, attended the Royal Academy of Music. From 1961–1969 he conducted and trained the Academy's First Orchestra , assisted by his colleague Maurice Handford, also a former student of the Academy.

Royal Academy of Music



Sir John Barbirolli (1899–1970), CH, CBE, FRAM




oil on canvas


H 59 x W 44 cm

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presented by Lady Barbirolli

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Roger Hall 1952 (or ? 1953)


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