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Sam Hartley Braithwaite (1883-1947)

Samuel Hartley Braithwaite (1883-1947)

The artist and musician, Sam Hartley Braithwaite, first established himself in London as a performer and teacher, and then gradually as a composer, mainly of short, evocative works for piano or orchestra. Following his move to Bournemouth at the end of the First World War, he developed a parallel career as a painter and printmaker, in which he produced landscape watercolours and etchings of clarity, economy and brilliance.

Sam Hartley Braithwaite was born at West Croft, Main Street, Egremont, Cumberland (now Cumbria), on 20 July 1883, the fourth of six children of the surgeon, Samuel Braithwaite, and his wife, Eleanor Elizabeth (née Hartley).

By 1901, Braithwaite had moved to London, and was living at 8 Rossiter Road, Streatham. At this stage in his development, he trained not as an artist but as a musician. He attended the Royal Academy of Music, studying clarinet, organ and piano (the last under Cuthbert Whitemore), and composition (under Frederick Corder). As a clarinettist, he was awarded an Ada Lewis Scholarship in 1902, and performed in concerts that included the Bohemian Concert of the Cumberland and Westmorland Association of London at the Holborn Restaurant in 1905, and another at the Town Hall, Egremont, in 1906.

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