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Herbert Howells (1892–1983)

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Royal College of Music

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Herbert Howells (1892–1983) entered the Royal College of Music in 1912 on an open scholarship to study composition with Stanford, where he was considered outstanding, even in a class that included Arthur Bliss, Arthur Benjamin and Ivor Gurney. He later returned as a professor, teaching composition and harmony from 1920–1978. He formed a close relationship with Stanford, who described Howells as his 'son in music'.

Royal College of Music





oil on canvas


H 73.7 x W 61.5 cm

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commissioned by Peter Morrison, 1974

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Leonard Boden


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