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

Wystan Hugh ('W.H.') Auden

Sitter in 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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W.H. Auden

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


W.H. Auden

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


Christopher Isherwood; W.H. Auden

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 1938
NPG x137621


Christopher Isherwood; W.H. Auden

by Louise Dahl-Wolfe
toned bromide print, July 1938
NPG x15194


Benjamin Britten; W.H. Auden

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1941
NPG x15197


W.H. Auden

by Daniel Farson
vintage contact sheet, 1950s
NPG x46629


W.H. Auden

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1953
NPG x40006


'The Faber Poets'

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


W.H. Auden

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1967
NPG x40007


W.H. Auden

by Bill Potter
bromide print, 1972
NPG x25900


W.H. Auden; Sir Stephen Harold Spender

by Central Press
bromide press print, 22 June 1972
NPG x184157


W.H. Auden

by John Bicknell Auden
bromide print, 1928
NPG P418


W.H. Auden

by Irving Penn
vintage bromide print, 1947
NPG P586


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

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, circa 1917
NPG x25119


W.H. Auden

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1930
NPG x40005


W.H. Auden; Christopher Isherwood

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


W.H. Auden

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

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