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Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Composer

(Edward) Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten

Sitter associated with 116 portraits
Artist of 5 portraits
Born in Lowestoft, Britten was taught by Frank Bridge and won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in 1930. Britten and Pears emigrated to the USA in 1939, returning in 1942. Peter Grimes, the first of Britten's ten operas, was written for Pears, designed by Kenneth Green for the reopening of Sadler's Wells in 1945. Billy Budd (1951) was commissioned for the Festival of Britain and the War Requiem (1962) for the consecration of Coventry Cathedral. Lifelong partners, they started the Aldeburgh Festival in 1948, and in 1972 founded the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies.

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5137

Benjamin Britten

by Sarah Fanny Hockey
watercolour, circa 1920
NPG 5137

5136

Peter Pears; Benjamin Britten

by Kenneth Green
oil on canvas, 1943
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5136

5910

Benjamin Britten

by Georg Ehrlich
plaster cast for bronze head, 1951
NPG 5910

4529(62)

Benjamin Britten

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(62)

4529(58)

Benjamin Britten

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(58)

4529(59)

Benjamin Britten

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(59)

4529(60)

Benjamin Britten

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(60)

4529(61)

Benjamin Britten

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(61)

P490(13)

Benjamin Britten

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1954
NPG P490(13)

P490(14)

Benjamin Britten

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1954
NPG P490(14)

x15172

Annie Walker (later Mrs Scarce); Benjamin Britten

by Boughtons
bromide print, 1914
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x15172

x15174

Benjamin Britten

by Unknown photographer
snapshot print, January 1918
NPG x15174

x15175

Benjamin Britten with his parents, sister Beth, Lizel Suter Schlotterbech and Winifred Rix

by Unknown photographer
snapshot print, circa 1920
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x15175

x15176

Benjamin Britten

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1921
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x15176

x15178

Benjamin Britten

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, September 1923
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x15178

x15185

Benjamin Britten

by Frank Arthur Swaine
bromide print, circa 1930
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x15185

x1633

Benjamin Britten

by Howard Coster
nitrate negative, 1930s
NPG x1633

x15186

Benjamin Britten

by (Edward) Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten
snapshot print, December 1934
NPG x15186