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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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Yehudi Menuhin and (Edward) Benjamin Britten

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
bromide print, 1958
NPG x15235

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Yehudi Menuhin and (Edward) Benjamin Britten

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

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Benjamin Britten; André Ravasio

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
bromide print, 1958
NPG x15238

x15239

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett; Benjamin Britten

by Erich Auerbach
bromide print, 1960
NPG x15239

x15243

Benjamin Britten

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
bromide print, 1960s
NPG x15243

x15246

Benjamin Britten and other musicians

by E.I. Iavno
bromide print, March 1963
NPG x15246

x138055

(Edward) Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten; Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears; William Bundy

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, 1963
NPG x138055

x15247

Mstislav Rostropovich; Benjamin Britten

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1964
NPG x15247

x15248

Benjamin Britten

by Brian Seed
bromide print, 1964
NPG x15248

x15250

Imogen Clare Holst; Peter Pears; Benjamin Britten

by (Harald Emil) Axel Poignant
bromide print, 1964
NPG x15250

x138054

(Edward) Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, June 1965
NPG x138054

x15253

Benjamin Britten

by Clive Strutt
glossy bromide print, 1966
NPG x15253

x15256

Benjamin Britten; Peter Pears

by Clive Strutt
bromide print, 1967
NPG x15256

x15255

Benjamin Britten

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, late 1968
NPG x15255

x40035

Benjamin Britten

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1968
NPG x40035

x15261

Benjamin Britten

by Edward Morgan
bromide print, December 1974
NPG x15261

x45153

Benjamin Britten

by Clive Barda
bromide fibre print, June 1976
NPG x45153

x15266

Benjamin Britten

by Bertl Gaye
bromide print, 24 September 1976
NPG x15266

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