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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; Maria Huxley (née Nys); Matthew Huxley; Mimi Gielgud, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax143186

Aldous Huxley; Maria Huxley (née Nys); Matthew Huxley; Mimi Gielgud

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, August 1930
NPG Ax143186

Aldous Huxley; Matthew Huxley; Maria Huxley (née Nys); Lady Ottoline Morrell, possibly by Philip Edward Morrell - NPG Ax143187

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

possibly by Philip Edward Morrell
vintage snapshot print, August 1930
NPG Ax143187

Aldous Huxley, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x12110

Aldous Huxley

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1930
NPG x12110

Aldous Huxley, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x135934

Aldous Huxley

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide press print, 1930
NPG x135934

Aldous Huxley, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127542

Aldous Huxley

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 29 September 1931
NPG x127542

Aldous Huxley, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x84300

Aldous Huxley

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, September 1931
NPG x84300

Aldous Huxley, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x84301

Aldous Huxley

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, September 1931
NPG x84301

Aldous Huxley; Matthew Huxley, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x144198

Aldous Huxley; Matthew Huxley

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1932
NPG x144198

Aldous Huxley, by Howard Coster - NPG x1933

Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
print, 1934
NPG x1933

Aldous Huxley, by Howard Coster - NPG x10664

Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
cream-toned bromide print on card mount, 1934
NPG x10664

Aldous Huxley, by Howard Coster - NPG Ax136126

Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
vintage bromide print, 1934
NPG Ax136126

Visiting Hampton Court Palace, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax143972

Visiting Hampton Court Palace

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1936
NPG Ax143972

Visiting Hampton Court Palace, possibly by Philip Edward Morrell - NPG Ax143973

Visiting Hampton Court Palace

possibly by Philip Edward Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1936
NPG Ax143973

Aldous Huxley, possibly by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax143974

Aldous Huxley

possibly by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1936
NPG Ax143974

Visiting Lady Leconfield, possibly by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax143976

Visiting Lady Leconfield

possibly by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1936
NPG Ax143976

Maria Huxley (née Nys); Aldous Huxley, by Unknown photographer - NPG x135929

Maria Huxley (née Nys); Aldous Huxley

by Unknown photographer
bromide press print, 1938
NPG x135929

Aldous Huxley, by Fred Stein - NPG x199080

Aldous Huxley

by Fred Stein
modern archival print, 1950
NPG x199080

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