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Ronald Duncan

(1914-1982), Playwright and poet

Ronald Frederick Henry Duncan

Sitter in 10 portraits
Born in Rhodesia, writer and playwright Duncan was a pacifist, and in 1937 wrote the words for the Pacifist March, composed by Benjamin Britten for the Peace Pledge Union. They worked together again after the Second World War when he wrote the libretto for Britten's chamber opera The Rape of Lucretia (1946). Although surprised when replaced by Eric Crozier, who worked with Britten on his next opera Albert Herring (1947), Duncan and Britten remained friends, and in 1949 Britten provided incidental music for Duncan's play Stratton. His other work includes the plays This Way to the Tomb (1945), Our Lady's Tumbler (1951), Don Juan (1953) and The Catalyst (1958

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Benjamin Britten; Ronald Duncan; Peter Pears, by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman) - NPG x15221

Benjamin Britten; Ronald Duncan; Peter Pears

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
bromide print, 1950
NPG x15221

Ronald Duncan, by Ida Kar - NPG x88937

Ronald Duncan

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1951
NPG x88937

Ronald Duncan, by Ida Kar - NPG x88938

Ronald Duncan

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1951
NPG x88938

Ronald Duncan, by Ida Kar - NPG x88941

Ronald Duncan

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1951
NPG x88941

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Ronald Duncan

by Elliott & Fry
vintage print, 1943
NPG x89104

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Ronald Duncan

by Elliott & Fry
quarter-plate glass negative, 1943
NPG x95273

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Ronald Duncan

by Elliott & Fry
quarter-plate glass negative, 1943
NPG x95274

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Ronald Duncan

by Nicholas Elder
black and white matt print on card mount, April 1972
NPG x4033

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