John Singer Sargent's Portrait of Sir Walter Parratt "Mug"
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Portrait of Sir Walter Parratt "Mug" 
John Singer Sargent -- American painter  
Private collection 
23.1" x 16 in. 

Sir Walter Parratt (b. 1841 Huddersfield d. 1924) a premier organist of St. George's chapel, Windsor, and Master of Music to Queen Victoria, King Edward VII and King George V. The official duties of Master of the Royal Music are few  -- they normally writes the occasional small work to commemorate a Royal occasion. 

He was born the son of Thomas Parratt, organist of the parish church in Huddersfield, a post he had held from the age of 19, and in which he was to be succeeded by Henry his elder son.

At the age of eleven Walter became the organist at Armitage Bridge church and was of such stature that he rose to St. George's chapel, Windsor. He was knighted in 1892.

There is a biography Walter Parratt by Tovey and Parratt.


Offered Christie's; 3/12/92; Lot 138; estimated $8,000-$12,000 

Date of the drawing was not shown by the source but appears to be 1914 from the image

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