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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 Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax141204

Aldous Huxley

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1921
NPG Ax141204

Robert Bridges; Aldous Huxley, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142579

Robert Bridges; Aldous Huxley

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 26 June 1926
NPG Ax142579

Aldous Huxley, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142580

Aldous Huxley

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1926
NPG Ax142580

Leonard Sidney Woolf; Aldous Huxley, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142582

Leonard Sidney Woolf; Aldous Huxley

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1926
NPG Ax142582

Aldous Huxley, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142583

Aldous Huxley

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1926
NPG Ax142583

Aldous Huxley; Maria Huxley (née Nys), by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142790

Aldous Huxley; Maria Huxley (née Nys)

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1927
NPG Ax142790

Maria Huxley (née Nys); Aldous Huxley, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142791

Maria Huxley (née Nys); Aldous Huxley

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1927
NPG Ax142791

Aldous Huxley, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142792

Aldous Huxley

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1927
NPG Ax142792

The Huxley family, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142893

The Huxley family

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
cream-toned vintage snapshot print, 1927
NPG Ax142893

Maria Huxley (née Nys); Aldous Huxley, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142894

Maria Huxley (née Nys); Aldous Huxley

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
cream-toned vintage snapshot print, 1927
NPG Ax142894

Lady Ottoline Morrell; Aldous Huxley; Philip Edward Morrell, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax142897

Lady Ottoline Morrell; Aldous Huxley; Philip Edward Morrell

by Unknown photographer
cream-toned vintage snapshot print, 1927
NPG Ax142897

Lady Ottoline Morrell; Aldous Huxley; Philip Edward Morrell, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax142899

Lady Ottoline Morrell; Aldous Huxley; Philip Edward Morrell

by Unknown photographer
cream-toned vintage snapshot print, 1927
NPG Ax142899

Maria Huxley (née Nys); Aldous Huxley; Philip Edward Morrell, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142900

Maria Huxley (née Nys); Aldous Huxley; Philip Edward Morrell

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
cream-toned vintage snapshot print, 1927
NPG Ax142900

The Huxley family, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142892

The Huxley family

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
cream-toned vintage snapshot print, 1927
NPG Ax142892

Aldous Huxley; D.H. Lawrence, possibly by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG x140426

Aldous Huxley; D.H. Lawrence

possibly by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1928
NPG x140426

Aldous Huxley; D.H. Lawrence, possibly by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG x140427

Aldous Huxley; D.H. Lawrence

possibly by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1928
NPG x140427

Lady Ottoline Morrell; Aldous Huxley; Maria Huxley (née Nys); Matthew Huxley, possibly by Philip Edward Morrell - NPG Ax143185

Lady Ottoline Morrell; Aldous Huxley; Maria Huxley (née Nys); Matthew Huxley

possibly by Philip Edward Morrell
vintage snapshot print, August 1930
NPG Ax143185

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