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ELGAR, Sir Edward (1857-1934). Composer.
Cabinet photograph showing the composer at half-length by Russell & Sons of Baker Street, signed, inscribed and dated 1902. 165 x 108 mm. (6½ x 4¼ inches), slight silvering and the beginning of the signature scratched, probably by Elgar's pen. Inscribed 'Kindest regards to All at Inver Cottage'.
Inver Cottage, Malvern Wells, was owned by the family of the Revd Edward Henry Montagu Stone (1830-1891), who had moved there after his death. They were his widow, Elizabeth (Betty) and their daughters Ada (1866-1955) and Eigen (1870-1946). The Stones were close friends of the Elgars. Ada had been a member of Elgar's Ladies Orchestral Class in Worcester in the 1880s and 1890s, and Eigen was the inspiration for the character of Eigen in his oratorio Caractacus. There are two references to Inver Cottage in Lady Elgar's diaries (10 and 12 October 1900).
We are grateful to Martin Bird, Editor of the Elgar Society Journal, for his help in cataloguing this piece.
[No: 25238]


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