Sir John Kenneth Tavener

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Sir John Kenneth Tavener, by Michael R. Taylor, 2001 - NPG 6607 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir John Kenneth Tavener

by Michael R. Taylor
oil on canvas, 2001
44 in. x 32 in. (1120 mm x 815 mm)
Purchased, 2002
Primary Collection
NPG 6607


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The composer is depicted in his study revising his 7-hour long piece,The Veil of the Temple. Commissioned by The Temple Church, London, it will premiere there next summer in a dusk until dawn performance. Michael Taylor exhibited twice in the John Player Portrait Award and was the winner in 1983.