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W.H. Auden

(1907-1973), Poet

Wystan Hugh ('W.H.') Auden

Sitter in 43 portraits
The third son of a doctor and a missionary nurse, Wystan Hugh Auden grew up in Solihull and described his early advantages as 'good genes and good education'. He is best known for his poems of the 1930s and 1940s (Poems, 1930, Look, Stranger!, 1936, For the Time Being, 1945) and for his collaborations with Christopher Isherwood (The Dog Beneath the Skin, 1935, The Ascent of F6, 1936, On the Frontier, 1938). His later publications included The Sea and the Mirror (1944) and The Shield of Achilles (1955). He travelled to Barcelona to support the Republican cause.

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W.H. Auden, by Howard Coster - NPG x3088

W.H. Auden

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3088

W.H. Auden, by Howard Coster - NPG x3089

W.H. Auden

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3089

W.H. Auden, by Howard Coster - NPG x3090

W.H. Auden

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3090

W.H. Auden, by Howard Coster - NPG x3092

W.H. Auden

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3092

W.H. Auden, by Howard Coster - NPG x3093

W.H. Auden

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3093

Christopher Isherwood; W.H. Auden, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x137621

Christopher Isherwood; W.H. Auden

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 1938
NPG x137621

Christopher Isherwood; W.H. Auden, by Louise Dahl-Wolfe - NPG x15194

Christopher Isherwood; W.H. Auden

by Louise Dahl-Wolfe
toned bromide print, July 1938
NPG x15194

Christopher Isherwood; W.H. Auden, by Louise Dahl-Wolfe - NPG x15195

Christopher Isherwood; W.H. Auden

by Louise Dahl-Wolfe
cream-toned bromide print, July 1938
NPG x15195

Benjamin Britten; W.H. Auden, by Unknown photographer - NPG x15197

Benjamin Britten; W.H. Auden

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1941
NPG x15197

W.H. Auden, by Daniel Farson - NPG x46629

W.H. Auden

by Daniel Farson
vintage contact sheet, 1950s
NPG x46629

W.H. Auden, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40006

W.H. Auden

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1953
NPG x40006

'The Faber Poets', by Mark Gerson - NPG x88203

'The Faber Poets'

by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, 23 June 1960
NPG x88203

W.H. Auden, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40007

W.H. Auden

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1967
NPG x40007

W.H. Auden, by Bill Potter - NPG x25900

W.H. Auden

by Bill Potter
bromide print, 1972
NPG x25900

W.H. Auden; Stephen Spender, by Central Press - NPG x184157

W.H. Auden; Stephen Spender

by Central Press
bromide press print, 22 June 1972
NPG x184157

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W.H. Auden; Christopher Isherwood

by Howard Coster
half-plate nitrate negative, 1937
NPG x542

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