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Bill Brandt

(1904-1983), Photographer

Sitter in 34 portraits
Artist of 120 portraits
Born into an Anglo-German family in Hamburg, Brandt learnt photography in Vienna in the 1920s, spending three months in 1930 as an assistant to Man Ray. Brandt settled with his wife Eva in London in 1934. He published his first photographic impressions of the country, staged by friends and family, as The English at Home (1936). His commissions for Lilliput magazine from 1941 established him as a portraitist, and he became a regular contributor to Harper's Bazaar. A series of portraits of writers was published as Literary Britain in 1951. His book Bill Brandt Portraits was published in 1982, the same year the National Portrait Gallery staged a portrait retrospective.

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Cecil Day-Lewis

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1941
NPG P189

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Stephen Spender

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1941
NPG P196

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Osbert Lancaster

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1942
NPG P192

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Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, variant of photography published in Harper's Bazaar December 1944
NPG P186

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Kenneth Clark, Baron Clark

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, published in Harper's Bazaar December 1944
NPG P187

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(Helen) Violet Bonham Carter (née Asquith), Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, published in Harper's Bazaar, New York July 1945
NPG P185

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Richard Crossman

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, published in Harper's Bazaar September 1945
NPG P188

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T.S. Eliot

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, published in Harper's Bazaar, New York July 1945
NPG P190

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Augustus John

by Bill Brandt
vintage bromide print, 1945
NPG P191

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Beatrix Lehmann

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1945
NPG P193

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John Piper

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1945
NPG P194

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Terence Rattigan

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, published in Harper's Bazaar May 1945
NPG P195

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Peter Ustinov

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, published in Harper's Bazaar, New York July 1945
NPG P197

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Ezra Pound

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1928
NPG x22461

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Sir William Empson

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1940
NPG x22422

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Alun Lewis

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1941
NPG x134500

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Robert Graves

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1941
NPG x88774

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Cecil Day-Lewis

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1941
NPG x22418

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Dylan Thomas

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1941
NPG x22483

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Dylan Thomas

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1941
NPG x9232

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Alun Lewis

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1941
NPG x22443

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(Frederick) Louis MacNeice

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1941
NPG x22444

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Robert Graves

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1941
NPG x22425

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Robert Graves

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1941
NPG x9228

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J.B. Priestley

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1941
NPG x22462

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Stephen Spender

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1941
NPG x22478

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Evelyn Waugh

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1942
NPG x22488

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Osbert Lancaster

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1942
NPG x22438

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Kenneth Clark, Baron Clark

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1944
NPG x22414

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Dylan Thomas; Caitlin Macnamara Thomas

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1944
NPG x22484

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Graham Sutherland

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1945
NPG x22481

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Cecil Beaton

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1945
NPG x22404

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Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1945
NPG x22405

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Edith Sitwell; Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1945
NPG x22477

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Pablo Casals (né Pau Casals Defilló)

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1945
NPG x22492

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Edith Sitwell

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1945
NPG x22476

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Edith Sitwell

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1945
NPG x9231

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John Piper

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1945
NPG x22459

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Elizabeth Bowen

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1946
NPG x22408

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Benjamin Britten

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1946
NPG x22412

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Norman Douglas

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on white card mount, 1946
NPG x22420

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Alan Rawsthorne

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1946
NPG x22466

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Constant Lambert

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1946
NPG x22437

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Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1946
NPG x45728

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Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1946
NPG x22485

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Henry Moore

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1946
NPG x22447

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Jack Yeats

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1946
NPG x22490

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Norman Douglas

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on white card mount, 1946
NPG x9226

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E.M. Forster

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1947
NPG x22428

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Dame Celia Johnson

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1947
NPG x22435

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E.M. Forster

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1947
NPG x9227

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Graham Greene

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1948
NPG x22429

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Ivon Hitchens

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1948
NPG x22431

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Roy Alfred Clarence Boulting; John Edward Boulting

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1948
NPG x22407

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Graham Greene

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1948
NPG x9229

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Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1949
NPG x22416

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Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1949
NPG x9224

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Kenneth Peacock Tynan

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1951
NPG x22487

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Sir Alec Guinness

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1952
NPG x22430

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Sir Alec Guinness

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1952
NPG x9230

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