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Only Connect - Ludwig van Beethoven <> Thomas Eliot

How are these sitters connected?

Ludwig van Beethoven
by Lazarus Gottlieb Sichling, after Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller
(1823)
NPG D13759

T.S. Eliot
by Patrick Heron
1949
NPG 4467

The connection
T. S. Eliot based his most musical of poems, the ‘Four Quartets’, on Beethoven’s ground-breaking late quartets.

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