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Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Composer

(Edward) Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten

Sitter in 117 portraits
Artist of 5 portraits
Born in Lowestoft, Britten was taught by Frank Bridge and won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in 1930. Britten and Pears emigrated to the USA in 1939, returning in 1942. Peter Grimes, the first of Britten's ten operas, was written for Pears, designed by Kenneth Green for the reopening of Sadler's Wells in 1945. Billy Budd (1951) was commissioned for the Festival of Britain and the War Requiem (1962) for the consecration of Coventry Cathedral. Lifelong partners, they started the Aldeburgh Festival in 1948, and in 1972 founded the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies.

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5137

Benjamin Britten

by Sarah Fanny Hockey
watercolour, circa 1920
NPG 5137

5136

Peter Pears; Benjamin Britten

by Kenneth Green
oil on canvas, 1943
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5136

5910

Benjamin Britten

by Georg Ehrlich
plaster cast for bronze head, 1951
NPG 5910

4529(62)

Benjamin Britten

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(62)

4529(58)

Benjamin Britten

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(58)

4529(59)

Benjamin Britten

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(59)

4529(60)

Benjamin Britten

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(60)

4529(61)

Benjamin Britten

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(61)

P490(13)

Benjamin Britten

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1954
NPG P490(13)

P490(14)

Benjamin Britten

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1954
NPG P490(14)

x15174

Benjamin Britten

by Unknown photographer
snapshot print, January 1918
NPG x15174

x15176

Benjamin Britten

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1921
NPG x15176

x15178

Benjamin Britten

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, September 1923
NPG x15178

x15181

Elizabeth ('Beth') Britten; Benjamin Britten

by Claremont Photo Stores
postcard print, circa 1930
NPG x15181

x15185

Benjamin Britten

by Frank Arthur Swaine
bromide print, circa 1930
NPG x15185

x1633

Benjamin Britten

by Howard Coster
nitrate negative, 1930s
NPG x1633