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Ted Hughes (1930-1998), Poet Laureate

Edward James ('Ted') Hughes

Sitter in 14 portraits
Poet born in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, Hughes won a scholarship to Pembroke College, Cambridge. His poems reflect the violence of nature and animal life. Best-known works include The Hawk in the Rain (1957), Crow (1970), the translation, Tales from Ovid (1997) and numerous children's stories and plays including The Iron Man (1968). From 1984 until his death he was Poet Laureate. Hughes was married to the American writer, Sylvia Plath from 1956 to 1963, when she committed suicide. The relationship inspired a late collection of poems Birthday Letters (1998).

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P1673

Ted Hughes

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 1959
NPG P1673

P726

Ted Hughes

by Henri Cartier-Bresson
bromide print, 1971
NPG P726

6259

Ted Hughes

by Leonard Baskin
bronze relief, 1978
NPG 6259

6871

Ted Hughes

by Barrie Cooke
oil on board, 1980-1983
NPG 6871

x18665

Ted Hughes

by (John) Edward McKenzie Lucie-Smith
bromide print, May 1970
NPG x18665

x12936

Ted Hughes

by Fay Godwin
bromide print, 1971
NPG x12936

x125272

Ted Hughes

by Noel Chanan
selenium-toned bromide print, 1979
NPG x125272

x125273

Ted Hughes

by Noel Chanan
selenium-toned bromide print, 1979
NPG x125273

x36185

Ted Hughes

by Anne-Katrin Purkiss
bromide print, July 1990
NPG x36185

x87333

Ted Hughes

by Niall McDiarmid
bromide print, 1994
NPG x87333

6739

Ted Hughes

by Sylvia Plath
pen and ink, circa 1957
NPG 6739

x137160

Sylvia Plath; Ted Hughes

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 1959
NPG x137160

x22433

Ted Hughes

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1978
NPG x22433

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