Kathleen Ferrier

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Kathleen Ferrier was a singer. She worked as a Post Office telephonist and later taught piano before finding her true metier. The most renowned contralto of her generation, she tragically died at the height of her fame, aged only forty-one. Britten's The Rape of Lucretia (1946) was written for her.

National Portrait Gallery, London



Kathleen Ferrier




oil on canvas


H 76.8 x W 63.8 cm

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Given by the sitter's sister, Winifred Ferrier, 1994

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