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Sir Michael Kemp Tippett (1905-1998), Composer

Sitter in 25 portraits
Tippett attended the Royal College of Music (1923-1928), and was recognised as one of Britain's leading composers with the premiere of his three-part oratorio A Child of our Time, at the Adelphi Theatre in 1944. He enjoyed a long career, composing choral works, symphonies, concertos, string quartets and operas; finding inspiration in Beethoven, Elizabethan madrigals, folk, jazz and blues. In the early 1940s, while director of music at Morley College, he became friends with Britten and Pears, going on to write Boyhood's End for them in 1943. Tippett composed a total of six operas, including the greatly successful King Priam (1962). Appointed a CBE in 1959, he was knighted in 1966.

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P421

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Douglas Glass
bromide print, circa 1960
NPG P421

5970

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Gertrude Hermes
bronze head, 1966
NPG 5970

P1065

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski
bromide print, June 1977
NPG P1065

P150(36)

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1978
NPG P150(36)

6043

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Martin Rose
acrylic on canvas, 1989
NPG 6043

x14220

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1944
NPG x14220

x36180

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Georges Maiteny
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x36180

x15239

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett; Benjamin Britten

by Erich Auerbach
bromide print, 1960
NPG x15239

x21954

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Walter Bird
bromide print, 14 November 1966
NPG x21954

x47150

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Michael Ward
selenium-toned bromide print, 7 December 1972
NPG x47150

x134843

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Denis Waugh
C-type colour print, December 1979
NPG x134843

x127397

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Neil Drabble
bromide fibre print, 1992
NPG x127397

D466

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Hubert Leslie
silhouette, 1920s-1940s
NPG D466

D17945(13)

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, 1970s?
NPG D17945(13)

x82143

Sir Michael Tippett

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, July 1943
NPG x82143

x82144

Sir Michael Tippett

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, July 1943
NPG x82144

x45728

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1946
NPG x45728

x22485

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1946
NPG x22485

x189582

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, September 1948
NPG x189582

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