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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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x15244

Mstislav Rostropovich; Benjamin Britten

by Unknown photographer
snapshot print, 1960s
NPG x15244

x184265

Benjamin Britten

by Erich Auerbach
bromide press print, 1963
NPG x184265

x15249

Benjamin Britten

by Brian Seed
bromide print, 1964
NPG x15249

x15251

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother; Benjamin Britten

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1964
NPG x15251

x184264

Benjamin Britten; Peter Pears

by Erich Auerbach
bromide press print, 1964
NPG x184264

x15252

Mstislav Rostropovich; Peter Pears; Benjamin Britten

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1965
NPG x15252

x15258

Benjamin Britten; Peter Pears

printed by Decca Records
colour transparency, 1970
NPG x15258

x184263

Benjamin Britten; Peter Pears

by BBC
bromide press print, 13 November 1971
NPG x184263

x15259

Benjamin Britten

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

x15260

Benjamin Britten; Peter Pears

by Victor Parker
bromide print, 1974
NPG x15260

x15264

Benjamin Britten

by Nigel Luckhurst
colour print, 1976
NPG x15264

x15263

Peter Pears; Benjamin Britten

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

x15269

Benjamin Britten; Donald Charles Peter Mitchell

by Nigel Luckhurst
colour print, 12 June 1976
NPG x15269

x15228

Benjamin Britten

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
bromide print
NPG x15228

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