W.H. Auden

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W.H. Auden, by Yousuf Karsh, 1972 - NPG P490(7) - © Karsh / Camera Press

© Karsh / Camera Press

W.H. Auden

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1972
13 3/8 in. x 10 1/2 in. (339 mm x 268 mm)
Given by the photographer, Yousuf Karsh, 1991
Primary Collection
NPG P490(7)


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  • Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002), Photographer. Artist associated with 155 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Photographed in the garden of Stephen Spender's house. Early in 1972, Auden was offered an honorary studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, with a cottage in the college grounds. However he was unwell and unhappy there. Auden died of heart failure on returning to Oxford after a summer in Austria. His last poems were published posthumously as Thank you, Fog (1974).

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