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Aldous Huxley

(1894-1963), Novelist

Sitter in 113 portraits
During the interwar years, Huxley was arguably Britain's best-known novelist following the international success of Brave New World (1932). Its success came after a string of satirical works: Crome Yellow (1921), Antic Hay (1923) and Those Barren Leaves (1925). Huxley later settled in the USA. There, the tone of his writing gravitated towards pacifism and metaphysics, prompted partly by interest in Hindu Vedantist thought. These aspects of his development are evident in Ends and Means (1937). His later writing was preoccupied with the potential of human capability, notably in the autobiographical The Doors of Perception (1953), written under the influence of mescaline.

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Aldous Huxley, by Alfred Aaron Wolmark - NPG 4485

Aldous Huxley

by Alfred Aaron Wolmark
ink, 1928
NPG 4485

Aldous Huxley, by Paul Hamann - NPG 5403

Aldous Huxley

by Paul Hamann
bronze life-mask, 1930
NPG 5403

Aldous Huxley, by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen) - NPG 6717

Aldous Huxley

by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
oil on canvas, circa 1931
NPG 6717

Aldous Huxley, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(175)

Aldous Huxley

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1933
NPG 4529(175)

Aldous Huxley, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(173)

Aldous Huxley

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1933 or before
NPG 4529(173)

Aldous Huxley, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(174)

Aldous Huxley

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1933 or before
NPG 4529(174)

Aldous Huxley, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(176)

Aldous Huxley

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1933 or before
NPG 4529(176)

Aldous Huxley, by Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky) - NPG P359

Aldous Huxley

by Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky)
bromide print, 26 November 1934
NPG P359

Aldous Huxley, by Howard Coster - NPG P714

Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
vintage chlorobromide print, 1934
NPG P714

Aldous Huxley, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P869(17)

Aldous Huxley

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print on white card mount, 1936
NPG P869(17)

Aldous Huxley, by George Platt Lynes - NPG P1686

Aldous Huxley

by George Platt Lynes
gelatin silver print, 1946
NPG P1686

Aldous Huxley, by Maria Petrie (née Zimmern) - NPG 5282

Aldous Huxley

by Maria Petrie (née Zimmern)
bronze head, 1959
NPG 5282

Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends, possibly by Philip Edward Morrell - NPG Ax140544

Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends

possibly by Philip Edward Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1916
NPG Ax140544

Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends, possibly by Philip Edward Morrell - NPG Ax140545

Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends

possibly by Philip Edward Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1916
NPG Ax140545

Garsington visitors, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140546

Garsington visitors

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1916
NPG Ax140546

Aldous Huxley, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140505

Aldous Huxley

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140505

Arthur Murry; Aldous Huxley, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140507

Arthur Murry; Aldous Huxley

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140507

Aldous Huxley, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140532

Aldous Huxley

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140532

Aldous Huxley; Philip Edward Morrell, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140533

Aldous Huxley; Philip Edward Morrell

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140533

Aldous Huxley, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140595

Aldous Huxley

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140595

Aldous Huxley with Lady Ottoline Morrell's pug Soie, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140596

Aldous Huxley with Lady Ottoline Morrell's pug Soie

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140596

Aldous Huxley, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140597

Aldous Huxley

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140597

Aldous Huxley; Mark Gertler; Arthur Murry, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140598

Aldous Huxley; Mark Gertler; Arthur Murry

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140598

Aldous Huxley; Arthur Murry, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140599

Aldous Huxley; Arthur Murry

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140599

Aldous Huxley; Hon. Dorothy Eugénie Brett, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140685

Aldous Huxley; Hon. Dorothy Eugénie Brett

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140685

Mark Gertler; Hon. Dorothy Eugénie Brett; Aldous Huxley, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140688

Mark Gertler; Hon. Dorothy Eugénie Brett; Aldous Huxley

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140688

Mark Gertler; Aldous Huxley; Hon. Dorothy Eugénie Brett, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140689

Mark Gertler; Aldous Huxley; Hon. Dorothy Eugénie Brett

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140689

Aldous Huxley; Hon. Dorothy Eugénie Brett; Mark Gertler, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140690

Aldous Huxley; Hon. Dorothy Eugénie Brett; Mark Gertler

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140690

Aldous Huxley; Hon. Dorothy Eugénie Brett; Mark Gertler, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140691

Aldous Huxley; Hon. Dorothy Eugénie Brett; Mark Gertler

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140691

Mark Gertler; Hon. Dorothy Eugénie Brett; Aldous Huxley, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140692

Mark Gertler; Hon. Dorothy Eugénie Brett; Aldous Huxley

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140692

Mark Gertler; Aldous Huxley; Hon. Dorothy Eugénie Brett, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140693

Mark Gertler; Aldous Huxley; Hon. Dorothy Eugénie Brett

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140693

The Huxley family, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140859

The Huxley family

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1920
NPG Ax140859

Aldous Huxley; Matthew Huxley, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140861

Aldous Huxley; Matthew Huxley

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1920
NPG Ax140861

Aldous Huxley; Mr Brookes, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140900

Aldous Huxley; Mr Brookes

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1920
NPG Ax140900

Aldous Huxley; unknown man, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140914

Aldous Huxley; unknown man

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1920
NPG Ax140914

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