Sir Michael Tippett (1905–1998)

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

How you can use this image

This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised. Any other type of use will need to be cleared with the rights holder(s).

Review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath the image, as these indicate who manages the copyright (©) within the artwork, and the photographic rights within the image.

The collection that owns the artwork may have more information on their own website about permitted uses and image licensing options.

Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.


Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

Sir Michael Tippett (1905–1998) was a student at the Royal College of Music from 1923–1928 and 1930–1932, studying both composition and conducting. A voyage of self-discovery throughout the 1930s and early 1940s, which saw the evolution of his political and aesthetic beliefs and reconciliation with his sexual orientation as well as the development of his compositional voice, preceded his steady rise in prominence after the Second World War. Pannett's portrait dates from a watershed point in Tippett's carreer, coinciding with the composition of the Second Symphony and the opera 'King Priam', which mark the beginning of his modernist period.

Royal College of Music



Sir Michael Tippett (1905–1998)




oil on canvas


H 59.3 x W 49 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

purchased from the artist, 1981

Work type



See a tag that’s incorrect or offensive? Challenge it and notify Art UK.

Help improve Art UK. Tag artworks and verify existing tags by joining the Tagger community.

Royal College of Music

Prince Consort Road, London, Greater London SW7 2BS England

Not all locations are open to the public. Please contact the gallery or collection for more information
View venue