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W.H. Auden (1907-1973), Poet

Wystan Hugh ('W.H.') Auden

Sitter associated with 43 portraits
The third son of a doctor and a missionary nurse, Wystan Hugh Auden grew up in Solihull and described his early advantages as 'good genes and good education'. He is best known for his poems of the 1930s and 1940s (Poems, 1930, Look, Stranger!, 1936, For the Time Being, 1945) and for his collaborations with Christopher Isherwood (The Dog Beneath the Skin, 1935, The Ascent of F6, 1936, On the Frontier, 1938). His later publications included The Sea and the Mirror (1944) and The Shield of Achilles (1955). He travelled to Barcelona to support the Republican cause.

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P417

W.H. Auden

by James Soame
bromide print, 1926
NPG P417

P869(3)

W.H. Auden

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print on white card mount, 1930
NPG P869(3)

5544

W.H. Auden

copy by E. Maurice Feild
lithographic print, 1982 (1935)
NPG 5544

5543

W.H. Auden

copy by E. Maurice Feild
lithographic print, 1982 (1935)
NPG 5543

P614

W.H. Auden

by Richard Avedon
bromide print, 1960
NPG P614

4677

W.H. Auden

by Don Bachardy
pen and ink, 1967
NPG 4677

P490(7)

W.H. Auden

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1972
NPG P490(7)

x133302

Erika Mann; W.H. Auden

by Alec Bangham
modern bromide print from an original negative, 1935
NPG x133302

x134

W.H. Auden

by Howard Coster
black and white glossy print, 1937
NPG x134

x3088

W.H. Auden

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3088

x3089

W.H. Auden

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3089

x3090

W.H. Auden

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3090

x3092

W.H. Auden

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3092

x3093

W.H. Auden

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3093

x137621

Christopher Isherwood; W.H. Auden

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
vintage print, 1938
NPG x137621

x15194

Christopher Isherwood; W.H. Auden

by Louise Dahl-Wolfe
toned bromide print, 1938
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x15194

x46629

W.H. Auden

by Daniel Farson
vintage contact sheet, 1950s
NPG x46629

x40006

W.H. Auden

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1953
NPG x40006

x88203

'The Faber Poets'

by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, 23 June 1960
NPG x88203

x40007

W.H. Auden

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1967
NPG x40007

x25900

W.H. Auden

by Bill Potter
bromide print, 1972
NPG x25900

x184157

W.H. Auden; Sir Stephen Harold Spender

by Central Press
vintage print, 22 June 1972
NPG x184157

P418

W.H. Auden

by John Bicknell Auden
bromide print, 1928
NPG P418

P586

W.H. Auden

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1947
NPG P586

x25119

John L. Nevinson; John Auden; W.H. Auden

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, circa 1917
NPG x25119

x40005

W.H. Auden

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1930
NPG x40005

x542

W.H. Auden; Christopher Isherwood

by Howard Coster
half-plate nitrate negative, 1937
NPG x542

x3091

W.H. Auden

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3091

x15195

Christopher Isherwood; W.H. Auden

by Louise Dahl-Wolfe
cream-toned bromide print, 1938
NPG x15195