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Herbert Norman Howells

(1892-1983), Composer

Sitter associated with 5 portraits
Having studied under Hubert Parry and Charles Villiers Stanford at the Royal College of Music, Howells' interest in Tudor music was inspired by Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. He devoted himself to editing Tudor church music and composing many chamber and choral works including Piano Quartet (1916) and Hymnus Paradisi (1938). The Collegium Regale setting (1944-5), the 'Gloucester' service (1946) and the 'St Paul's' service (1951) are thought to be the greatest contributions to Anglican church music in the twentieth century. Among other posts, Howells was organist at St John's College, Cambridge (1941-5) and King Edward professor of music at London University (1954-64).

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Herbert Norman Howells, by Howard Morgan - NPG 5209

Herbert Norman Howells

by Howard Morgan
oil on canvas, 1978
NPG 5209

Herbert Norman Howells, by Leonard Monro Boden - NPG 6988

Herbert Norman Howells

by Leonard Monro Boden
chalk, circa 1983
NPG 6988

Herbert Norman Howells, by Herbert Lambert - NPG Ax7756

Herbert Norman Howells

by Herbert Lambert
photogravure, circa 1922
NPG Ax7756

Herbert Norman Howells, by Clive Barda - NPG x45149

Herbert Norman Howells

by Clive Barda
bromide fibre print, circa 1969
NPG x45149

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Herbert Norman Howells

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1953
NPG x89835


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