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W.H. Auden (1907-1973), Poet

Wystan Hugh ('W.H.') Auden

Sitter in 43 portraits
The third son of a doctor and a missionary nurse, Wystan Hugh Auden grew up in Solihull and described his early advantages as 'good genes and good education'. He is best known for his poems of the 1930s and 1940s (Poems, 1930, Look, Stranger!, 1936, For the Time Being, 1945) and for his collaborations with Christopher Isherwood (The Dog Beneath the Skin, 1935, The Ascent of F6, 1936, On the Frontier, 1938). His later publications included The Sea and the Mirror (1944) and The Shield of Achilles (1955). He travelled to Barcelona to support the Republican cause.

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P417

W.H. Auden

by James Soame
bromide print, 1926
NPG P417

P869(3)

W.H. Auden

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print on white card mount, 1930
NPG P869(3)

5544

W.H. Auden

copy by E. Maurice Feild
lithographic print, 1982 (1935)
NPG 5544

5543

W.H. Auden

copy by E. Maurice Feild
lithographic print, 1982 (1935)
NPG 5543

P614

W.H. Auden

by Richard Avedon
bromide print, 1960
NPG P614

4677

W.H. Auden

by Don Bachardy
pen and ink, 1967
NPG 4677

P490(7)

W.H. Auden

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1972
NPG P490(7)

x133302

Erika Mann; W.H. Auden

by Alec Bangham
modern bromide print from an original negative, 1935
NPG x133302

x134

W.H. Auden

by Howard Coster
black and white glossy print, 1937
NPG x134

x3088

W.H. Auden

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3088

x3089

W.H. Auden

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3089

x3090

W.H. Auden

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3090