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E.M. Forster

(1879-1970), Novelist

Edward Morgan ('E.M.') Forster

Sitter in 44 portraits
Novelist, short story writer and essayist. A comic moralist in the tradition of Jane Austen in works such as A Room with a View (1908), Howards End (1910) and A Passage to India (1924), Forster tackled taboo issues of class and race. These works established Forster's reputation as an important literary figure, although his homosexual novel, Maurice, written in 1914, was not published until 1971. Forster was invited by Britten to lecture at the first Aldeburgh Festival in 1948, and the following year he took on the role of co-librettist with Eric Crozier for Billy Budd.

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E.M. Forster, by Duncan Grant - NPG 5494

E.M. Forster

by Duncan Grant
pencil, 1919
NPG 5494

E.M. Forster, by Dora Carrington - NPG 4698

E.M. Forster

by Dora Carrington
oil on canvas, 1920
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4698

The Memoir Club, by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen) - NPG 6718

The Memoir Club

by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
oil on canvas, circa 1943
NPG 6718

E.M. Forster, by Feliks Topolski - NPG 6326

E.M. Forster

by Feliks Topolski
pen and ink, circa 1960
NPG 6326

E.M. Forster, by Don Bachardy - NPG 6383

E.M. Forster

by Don Bachardy
pencil, 1961
NPG 6383

E.M. Forster, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140740

E.M. Forster

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1920
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG Ax140740

E.M. Forster, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140742

E.M. Forster

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1920
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG Ax140742

Philip and Julian with Garsington visitors, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax141323

Philip and Julian with Garsington visitors

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1922-1923
NPG Ax141323

E.M. Forster, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax141327

E.M. Forster

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1922
NPG Ax141327

E.M. Forster with Lady Ottoline Morell's pug Soie, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax141328

E.M. Forster with Lady Ottoline Morell's pug Soie

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1922
NPG Ax141328

E.M. Forster, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax141329

E.M. Forster

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, circa 1922
NPG Ax141329

E.M. Forster, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax141330

E.M. Forster

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1922
NPG Ax141330

E.M. Forster, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax141392

E.M. Forster

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1923
NPG Ax141392

E.M. Forster, by Fred Stein, for  Camera Press: London: UK - NPG x139893

E.M. Forster

by Fred Stein, for Camera Press: London: UK
bromide press print, 1935
NPG x139893

E.M. Forster, by Howard Coster - NPG x10403

E.M. Forster

by Howard Coster
35mm film negative, June 1938
NPG x10403

E.M. Forster, by Howard Coster - NPG x10404

E.M. Forster

by Howard Coster
35mm film negative, June 1938
NPG x10404

E.M. Forster, by Howard Coster - NPG x10405

E.M. Forster

by Howard Coster
35mm film negative, June 1938
NPG x10405

E.M. Forster, by Howard Coster - NPG x10406

E.M. Forster

by Howard Coster
35mm film negative, June 1938
NPG x10406

E.M. Forster, by Howard Coster - NPG x10407

E.M. Forster

by Howard Coster
35mm film negative, June 1938
NPG x10407

E.M. Forster, by Howard Coster - NPG x10408

E.M. Forster

by Howard Coster
35mm film negative, June 1938
NPG x10408

E.M. Forster, by Howard Coster - NPG x10409

E.M. Forster

by Howard Coster
35mm film negative, June 1938
NPG x10409

E.M. Forster, by Howard Coster - NPG x10410

E.M. Forster

by Howard Coster
35mm film negative, June 1938
NPG x10410

E.M. Forster, by Howard Coster - NPG x10411

E.M. Forster

by Howard Coster
35mm film negative, June 1938
NPG x10411

E.M. Forster, by Howard Coster - NPG x10412

E.M. Forster

by Howard Coster
35mm film negative, June 1938
NPG x10412

E.M. Forster, by Howard Coster - NPG x10413

E.M. Forster

by Howard Coster
35mm film negative, June 1938
NPG x10413

E.M. Forster, by Howard Coster - NPG x10414

E.M. Forster

by Howard Coster
35mm film negative, June 1938
NPG x10414

E.M. Forster, by Howard Coster - NPG x10415

E.M. Forster

by Howard Coster
35mm film negative, June 1938
NPG x10415

E.M. Forster, by Howard Coster - NPG x10417

E.M. Forster

by Howard Coster
35mm film negative, June 1938
NPG x10417

E.M. Forster, by Howard Coster - NPG x10418

E.M. Forster

by Howard Coster
35mm film negative, June 1938
NPG x10418

E.M. Forster; Benjamin Britten, by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman) - NPG x15222

E.M. Forster; Benjamin Britten

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
bromide print, 1949
NPG x15222

E.M. Forster; Eric John Crozier, by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman) - NPG x15224

E.M. Forster; Eric John Crozier

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
bromide print, 1949
NPG x15224

E.M. Forster; Benjamin Britten; Eric John Crozier, by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman) - NPG x15223

E.M. Forster; Benjamin Britten; Eric John Crozier

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
bromide print, 1950
NPG x15223

E.M. Forster, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x14080

E.M. Forster

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, August 1956
NPG x14080

E.M. Forster, by R.M. Downey, for  Camera Press: London: UK - NPG x139894

E.M. Forster

by R.M. Downey, for Camera Press: London: UK
bromide press print, 1958
NPG x139894

E.M. Forster, for Camera Press: London: UK - NPG x139872

E.M. Forster

for Camera Press: London: UK
bromide press print, 1960
NPG x139872

E.M. Forster, by Serena Wadham, for  Camera Press: London: UK - NPG x139895

E.M. Forster

by Serena Wadham, for Camera Press: London: UK
bromide press print, 1966
NPG x139895

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E.M. Forster

by Howard Coster
bromide print
NPG x10682

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E.M. Forster

by Howard Coster
bromide print, June 1938
NPG x10683

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E.M. Forster

by Howard Coster
35mm film negative, June 1938
NPG x10416

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

E.M. Forster

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1947
NPG x22428

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

E.M. Forster

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1947
NPG x9227

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