3 of 119 portraits of Benjamin Britten
Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London
by Georg Ehrlich
plaster cast for bronze head, 1951
15 in. (381 mm) high
Given by Trustee of the estate of Bettina Ehrlich, 1986
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- (Edward) Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten (1913-1976), Composer. Sitter in 119 portraits, Artist of 5 portraits.
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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.