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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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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, July 1938
NPG x15194

x15197

Benjamin Britten; W.H. Auden

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1941
NPG x15197

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