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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

x15187

Benjamin Britten

by (Edward) Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten
snapshot print, December 1934
NPG x15187

x15188

Benjamin Britten

by Enid Slater
postcard print, 1935-1936
NPG x15188

x15190

Benjamin Britten

by Lennox Berkeley
snapshot print, 1936
NPG x15190

x1751

Benjamin Britten

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1938
NPG x1751

x1752

Benjamin Britten

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1938
NPG x1752

x1749

Benjamin Britten

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1938
NPG x1749

x10469

Benjamin Britten

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1938
NPG x10469

x10470

Sir Lennox Randal Francis Berkeley; Benjamin Britten

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1938
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x10470

x24302

Benjamin Britten

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1938
NPG x24302

x76594

Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears; Francis Poulenc; Benjamin Britten

by Felix H. Man (Hans Baumann)
bromide print, circa 1941
NPG x76594

x14036

Benjamin Britten

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1942
NPG x14036

x40034

Benjamin Britten

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1942
NPG x40034

x15200

Benjamin Britten

by Enid Slater
bromide print, 1944
NPG x15200

x15309

Benjamin Britten

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1944
NPG x15309

x15204

Benjamin Britten

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1945
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x15204

x15205

Benjamin Britten

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1945
NPG x15205

x15202

Benjamin Britten

by Angus McBean
cream-toned bromide print, 1945
NPG x15202

x15203

Benjamin Britten

by Angus McBean
cream-toned bromide print, 1945
NPG x15203

x15208

Eric John Crozier; Benjamin Britten

by Edward Mandinian
contact print, 1947
NPG x15208

x15209

Eric John Crozier; Benjamin Britten

by Edward Mandinian
contact print, 1947
NPG x15209

x15212

Benjamin Britten

by Edward Mandinian
contact print, 1947
NPG x15212

x15213

Benjamin Britten

by Edward Mandinian
contact print, 1947
NPG x15213

x15214

Benjamin Britten

by Edward Mandinian
contact print, 1947
NPG x15214

x15220

Benjamin Britten with the children of the original cast of 'Lets Make an Opera'

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
bromide print, 1949
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x15220

x15222

E. M. Forster; Benjamin Britten

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
bromide print, 1949
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x15222

x15221

Benjamin Britten; Ronald Frederick Henry Duncan; Peter Pears

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
bromide print, 1950
NPG x15221

x15225

Benjamin Britten; Peter Pears

by Felicitas
postcard print, 1950s
NPG x15225

x15223

E. M. Forster; Benjamin Britten; Eric John Crozier

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
bromide print, 1950
NPG x15223

x15232

Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears, John Piper and others in Venice

by Erich Auerbach
bromide print, 1 September 1954
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x15232

x15230

Benjamin Britten; Julius Katchen

by Fox Photos Ltd
bromide print, 1954
NPG x15230

x15233

Benjamin Britten; Peter Pears

by Unknown photographer
postcard print, December 1955
NPG x15233

x15235

Yehudi Menuhin and (Edward) Benjamin Britten

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
bromide print, 1958
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x15235

x15236

Yehudi Menuhin and (Edward) Benjamin Britten

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
bromide print, 1958
NPG x15236

x15238

Benjamin Britten; Andre Ravasio

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
bromide print, 1958
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x15238