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Benjamin Britten

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Benjamin Britten, by Georg Ehrlich, 1951 - NPG 5910 - Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

Benjamin Britten

by Georg Ehrlich
plaster cast for bronze head, 1951
15 in. (381 mm) high
Given by Trustee of the estate of Bettina Ehrlich, 1986
Primary Collection
NPG 5910

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In November 1951 Ehrlich undertook a portrait bust of Benjamin Britten. It stands outside the tradition of British post-war sculpture, which is hardly suprising given that the artist was a product of an intensely academic training just after the First World War; but it is none the worse for that. Indeed, it is a convincing, rather intense image of a great composer.

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