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Benjamin Britten (1913–1976)

© the artist. Photo credit: Royal College of Music

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Benjamin Britten (1913–1976) later described his years at the Royal College of Music (1930–1932) as a student of John Ireland and Arthur Benjamin as forming part of his 'very, very difficult musical adolescence'. The photograph on which this posthumous portrait is based was taken in 1947, when Britten was also consolidating his place as the central figure in the revival of English opera, with works such as 'Peter Grimes', 'The Rape of Lucretia' and 'Albert Herring'.

Royal College of Music





acrylic on canvas


H 79 x W 45.9 cm

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purchased, 1987

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