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E. M. Forster (1879-1970), Novelist

Edward Morgan Forster

Sitter in 40 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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5494

E. M. Forster

by Duncan Grant
pencil, 1919
NPG 5494

4698

E. M. Forster

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

6718

The Memoir Club

by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
oil on canvas, circa 1943
On display in Room 34 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6718

6326

E. M. Forster

by Feliks Topolski
pen and ink, circa 1960
NPG 6326

6383

E. M. Forster

by Don Bachardy
pencil, 1961
NPG 6383

Ax140740

E. M. Forster

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1920
NPG Ax140740

Ax140742

E. M. Forster

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1920
NPG Ax140742

Ax141323

Philip and Julian with Garsington visitors

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

Ax141327

E. M. Forster

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1922
NPG Ax141327

Ax141328

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

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1922
NPG Ax141328

Ax141329

E. M. Forster

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

Ax141330

E. M. Forster

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1922
NPG Ax141330

Ax141392

E. M. Forster

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1923
NPG Ax141392

x10403

E. M. Forster

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

x10404

E. M. Forster

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

x10405

E. M. Forster

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

x10406

E. M. Forster

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

x10407

E. M. Forster

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

x10408

E. M. Forster

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

x10409

E. M. Forster

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

x10410

E. M. Forster

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

x10411

E. M. Forster

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

x10412

E. M. Forster

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

x10413

E. M. Forster

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

x10414

E. M. Forster

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

x10415

E. M. Forster

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

x10417

E. M. Forster

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

x10418

E. M. Forster

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

x15222

E. M. Forster; Benjamin Britten

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

x15224

E. M. Forster; Eric John Crozier

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

x15223

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

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

x14080

E. M. Forster

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

x10682

E. M. Forster

by Howard Coster
bromide print
NPG x10682

x10683

E. M. Forster

by Howard Coster
bromide print, June 1938
NPG x10683

x10416

E. M. Forster

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

x22428

E. M. Forster

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

x9227

E. M. Forster

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