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Myfanwy Piper (née Evans)

(1911-1997), Art critic and opera librettist

Sitter in 3 portraits
Writer and librettist. Born in Southwark, Myfanwy Evans studied at North London Collegiate School and St Hugh's College, Oxford before meeting the artist John Piper. Together they founded the art magazine Axis (1935-7), which helped place the Pipers at the forefront of the avant-garde. Her publications included the anthology Sea Poems (1945) and a study of Frances Hodgkins (1948). In 1953 she was asked by Benjamin Britten to write the libretto for The Turn of the Screw, followed by Owen Wingrave (1971) and Death in Venice (1973). She collaborated with composers Alun Hoddinott and Malcolm Williamson on further librettos.

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Myfanwy Piper (née Evans), by J.S. Lewinski - NPG P1055

Myfanwy Piper (née Evans)

by J.S. Lewinski
bromide print, February 1973
NPG P1055

Myfanwy Piper (née Evans); John Piper, by Ida Kar - NPG x137518

Myfanwy Piper (née Evans); John Piper

by Ida Kar
vintage quarter-plate contact print, 1954
NPG x137518

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