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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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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

x15222

E. M. Forster; Benjamin Britten

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
bromide print, 1949
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

x139669

Sir Geraint Llewellyn Evans; Benjamin Britten

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 1953
NPG x139669

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