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Imogen Clare Holst

(1907-1984), Musician, dancer, choreographer and actress

Sitter in 10 portraits
Holst was the only child of the composer Gustav Holst. An outstanding pupil at the Royal College of Music, she won several composition prizes. During World War II, Holst organised musical activities for refugees and civilians in rural areas, and went on to found the music school, Dartington College. She became music assistant to Benjamin Britten in 1952, later becoming artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival, Suffolk. Holst wrote several musical biographies, including that of her father, and supervised and conducted recordings of his work.

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Imogen Clare Holst, by Milein Cosman - NPG 7101

Imogen Clare Holst

by Milein Cosman
drypoint, 1980s
NPG 7101

Imogen Clare Holst, by Martha Stern - NPG x126817

Imogen Clare Holst

by Martha Stern
bromide print, late 1920s
NPG x126817

Imogen Clare Holst, by Martha Stern - NPG x126818

Imogen Clare Holst

by Martha Stern
bromide print, late 1920s
NPG x126818

Imogen Clare Holst, by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman) - NPG x15237

Imogen Clare Holst

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
vintage print, 1958
NPG x15237

Imogen Clare Holst, by Sandra Lousada - NPG x135454

Imogen Clare Holst

by Sandra Lousada
gelatin silver print, 1961
NPG x135454

Imogen Clare Holst; Peter Pears; Benjamin Britten, by (Harald Emil) Axel Poignant - NPG x15250

Imogen Clare Holst; Peter Pears; Benjamin Britten

by (Harald Emil) Axel Poignant
bromide print, 1964
NPG x15250

Imogen Clare Holst, by Clive Barda - NPG x45145

Imogen Clare Holst

by Clive Barda
bromide fibre print, April 1974
NPG x45145

Imogen Clare Holst, by Godfrey MacDomnic - NPG x76993

Imogen Clare Holst

by Godfrey MacDomnic
bromide print, March 1974
NPG x76993

Imogen Clare Holst, by Cecil Beaton - NPG D17943(79)

Imogen Clare Holst

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, late 1960s-early 1970s
NPG D17943(79)

Imogen Clare Holst, by Milein Cosman - NPG D18547

Imogen Clare Holst

by Milein Cosman
etching, 1981
NPG D18547

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