Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan was a composer and conductor of choral settings, orchestral works and operetta.
Sullivan is perhaps best known for his partnership with W. S. Gilbert on the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. They first collaborated in 1871 when they enjoyed a modest success with Thespis for John Hollingshead's Gaiety Theatre. This led to further successful collaborations such as Trial by Jury ( 1875) but it was their production of HMS Pinafore in 1878 which brought them popular success and large audiences. In Patience (1881), Gilbert & Sullivan's satire on the æsthetic movement the actor George Grossmith impersonated JW in the character of Bunthorne.
Grove Music Online, http://www.grovemusic.com (accessed September 2004); Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford, 2004, on-line edition (accessed September 2004).