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Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Composer

(Edward) Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten

Sitter in 117 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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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 Thelma Slater (née Mace)
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

x24302

Benjamin Britten

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

x15197

Benjamin Britten; W.H. Auden

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1941
NPG x15197

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 Thelma Slater (née Mace)
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
NPG x15204