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Bill Brandt

(1904-1983), Photographer

Sitter in 34 portraits
Artist of 120 portraits
Born into an Anglo-German family in Hamburg, Brandt learnt photography in Vienna in the 1920s, spending three months in 1930 as an assistant to Man Ray. Brandt settled with his wife Eva in London in 1934. He published his first photographic impressions of the country, staged by friends and family, as The English at Home (1936). His commissions for Lilliput magazine from 1941 established him as a portraitist, and he became a regular contributor to Harper's Bazaar. A series of portraits of writers was published as Literary Britain in 1951. His book Bill Brandt Portraits was published in 1982, the same year the National Portrait Gallery staged a portrait retrospective.

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Cecil Day-Lewis

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1941
NPG P189

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Stephen Spender

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1941
NPG P196

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Osbert Lancaster

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1942
NPG P192

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Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, variant of photography published in Harper's Bazaar December 1944
NPG P186

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Kenneth Clark, Baron Clark

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, published in Harper's Bazaar December 1944
NPG P187

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(Helen) Violet Bonham Carter (née Asquith), Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, published in Harper's Bazaar, New York July 1945
NPG P185

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Richard Crossman

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, published in Harper's Bazaar September 1945
NPG P188

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T.S. Eliot

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, published in Harper's Bazaar, New York July 1945
NPG P190

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Augustus John

by Bill Brandt
vintage bromide print, 1945
NPG P191

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Beatrix Lehmann

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1945
NPG P193

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John Piper

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1945
NPG P194

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Terence Rattigan

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, published in Harper's Bazaar May 1945
NPG P195

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Peter Ustinov

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, published in Harper's Bazaar, New York July 1945
NPG P197

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Ezra Pound

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1928
NPG x22461

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Sir William Empson

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1940
NPG x22422

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Alun Lewis

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1941
NPG x134500

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Robert Graves

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1941
NPG x88774

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Cecil Day-Lewis

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1941
NPG x22418

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Dylan Thomas

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1941
NPG x22483

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Dylan Thomas

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1941
NPG x9232

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