Albert Sammons


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painter (artist): Akerbladh, Alexander
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The outstanding English violinist of his generation, Albert Sammons (1886–1957) was an RCM professor from 1939–55. 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. However, he travelled little and so never gained the international reputation he perhaps deserved.

This portrait, which reportedly shows the Goffriller violin that Hugh Bean admired, was painted in 1950 by Alexander Akerbladh. The artist was born in Sweden in 1886, but spent much of his working life in Britain, having studied at the Glasgow School of Art, St John’s Wood School of Art and in Munich. Although trained as an architect he worked as a painter and as a cartoonist for such notable publications as "Comic Cuts" and "Radio Fun". The portrait was exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1951, and presented to the College by the artist in 1967.


645 x 530mm

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