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Maria Donata ('Marion') (née Stein), Countess of Harewood (later Mrs Jeremy Thorpe) (1926-2014), Concert pianist and joint founder of Leeds International Piano Competition; former wife of 7th Earl of Harewood, and later wife of Jeremy Thorpe

Sitter in 20 portraits
Pianist and daughter of Erwin Stein, Stein was a close friend of Britten and Pears. For her wedding in 1949 to operatic administrator George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood Britten composed the anthem 'Amo Ergo Sum', and in 1963 she commissioned him to write a piece for solo piano 'Notturno', for the first Leeds International Piano Competition. 'Billy Budd' was dedicated to the Harewoods, but when their marriage failed, Britten asked her husband to resign as president of the Aldburgh Festival. Stein would later married Jeremy Thorpe.

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Maria Donata ('Marion') (née Stein), Countess of Harewood (later Mrs Jeremy Thorpe)

by David Gurney, for Associated Press
vintage print, February 1947
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Maria Donata ('Marion') (née Stein), Countess of Harewood (later Mrs Jeremy Thorpe)

by Navana Vandyk
whole-plate film negative, 28 September 1949
NPG x97307

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Maria Donata ('Marion') (née Stein), Countess of Harewood (later Mrs Jeremy Thorpe)

by Navana Vandyk
whole-plate film negative, 28 September 1949
NPG x97308

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Maria Donata ('Marion') (née Stein), Countess of Harewood (later Mrs Jeremy Thorpe)

by Navana Vandyk
whole-plate film negative, 28 September 1949
NPG x97309

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Maria Donata ('Marion') (née Stein), Countess of Harewood (later Mrs Jeremy Thorpe)

by Navana Vandyk
whole-plate film negative, 28 September 1949
NPG x97310

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George Henry Hubert Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood

by Stanley Devon, for Graphic Photo Union
vintage print, 29 September 1949
NPG x184400

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Wedding of George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood and Marion (née Stein), Countess of Harewood

by Stanley Devon, for Graphic Photo Union
vintage print, 29 September 1949
NPG x182306