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Benjamin Britten

(1913-1976), Composer

(Edward) Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten

Sitter in 119 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 emigrated to the USA in 1939 with his friend Peter Pears (who went on to become his partner) 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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Benjamin Britten, by Reg Wilson - NPG x15242

Benjamin Britten

by Reg Wilson
bromide print
NPG x15242

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Benjamin Britten

by Howard Coster
nitrate negative, 1930s
NPG x1632

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Benjamin Britten

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1938
NPG x1750

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Benjamin Britten

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1938
NPG x21195

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Benjamin Britten; W.H. Auden

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1941
NPG x15198

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Benjamin Britten

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1946
NPG x22412

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Benjamin Britten

by Lotte Meitner-Graf
bromide print, circa 1960
NPG x15241

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Benjamin Britten

by Erich Auerbach
bromide press print, 1963
NPG x184265

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Benjamin Britten

by Brian Seed
bromide print, 1964
NPG x15249

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Benjamin Britten; Peter Pears

by Erich Auerbach
bromide press print, 1964
NPG x184264

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Benjamin Britten; Peter Pears

printed by Decca Records
colour transparency, 1970
NPG x15258

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Benjamin Britten; Peter Pears

by BBC
bromide press print, 13 November 1971
NPG x184263

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Benjamin Britten

by John Egerton Christmas Piper
bromide print, October 1971
NPG x15259

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Benjamin Britten; Peter Pears

by Victor Parker
bromide print, 1974
NPG x15260

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Benjamin Britten

by Nigel Luckhurst
colour print, 1976
NPG x15264

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Peter Pears; Benjamin Britten

by East Anglian Daily Times
bromide print, 20 May 1976
NPG x15263

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Benjamin Britten; Donald Charles Peter Mitchell

by Nigel Luckhurst
colour print, 12 June 1976
NPG x15269

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Benjamin Britten

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
bromide print
NPG x15228

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