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Kathleen Ferrier (1912-1953), Singer

Sitter in 15 portraits
The contralto Kathleen Ferrier was one of the most renowned and popular singers of her generation. Her career was tragically short with little more than a decade separating her discovery, while working as a Post Office telephonist, to her death aged forty-one at the height of her fame. Among her most celebrated performances were roles in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius and Benjamin Britten's opera The Rape of Lucretia (1946); the title role of which was written for her.

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6258

Kathleen Ferrier

by Maurice Codner
oil on canvas, 1946
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6258

5040(3)

Kathleen Ferrier

by Bernard Dunstan
chalk, 1950
NPG 5040(3)

5040(1)

Kathleen Ferrier; Bruno Walter

by Bernard Dunstan
pencil and chalk, 1950
NPG 5040(1)

5040(2)

Kathleen Ferrier

by Bernard Dunstan
chalk, 1950
NPG 5040(2)

5040(4)

Kathleen Ferrier

by Bernard Dunstan
pencil, 1950
NPG 5040(4)

5040(6)

Kathleen Ferrier

by Bernard Dunstan
pencil, 1950
NPG 5040(6)

5040(7)

Kathleen Ferrier

by Bernard Dunstan
pencil, 1950
NPG 5040(7)

5040(8)

Kathleen Ferrier

by Bernard Dunstan
pencil, 1950
NPG 5040(8)

5043

Kathleen Ferrier at a Concert

by Bernard Dunstan
oil on board, 1950
NPG 5043

5040(7a)

Kathleen Ferrier

by Bernard Dunstan
pencil, 1950
NPG 5040(7a)

5040(8a)

Kathleen Ferrier

by Bernard Dunstan
pencil, 1950
NPG 5040(8a)

P869(13)

Kathleen Ferrier

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print on white card mount, 1952
NPG P869(13)

x30024

Kathleen Ferrier

by Norman Parkinson
bromide print on card mount, 1952
NPG x30024

x15229

Peter Pears; Kathleen Ferrier; Benjamin Britten

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1952
NPG x15229

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