Only Connect - Benjamin Britten <> Imogen Holst

How are these sitters connected?


Benjamin Britten, by Sarah Fanny Hockey, circa 1920 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Benjamin Britten
by Sarah Fanny Hockey
circa 1920
NPG 5137

Imogen Clare Holst, by Milein Cosman, 1981 - NPG  - ©  Milein Cosman / National Portrait Gallery, London

Imogen Clare Holst
by Milein Cosman
1981
NPG D18547

The connection
Imogen Holst was Benjamin Britten’s music assistant, copying out his pencil notes as he wrote his opera Gloriana. She said ‘He worked at such a tremendous speed, that I thought I should never keep pace with him.’

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NPG x27595 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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