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William Plomer (1903-1973), Writer

Sitter in 17 portraits
South African born Plomer gained international acclaim with his first novel Turbolt Wolfe (1926), which dealt with inter-racial love and marriage. He co-edited the literary periodical Voorslagl with Campbell and van der Post before leaving for Japan, later settling in England in 1929. Through his friendship with his publishers, Leonard and Virginia Woolf he moved to the heart of the English literary establishment, and was invited to lecture at the Aldeburgh Festival through his friendship with E.M. Forster. After the publication of The Invaders (1934) he produced little fiction but continued to publish short stories, essays, collections of poetry and literary reviews. In 1954 he collaborated with Britten as librettist for the opera Gloriana.

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William Plomer

by Edward Wolfe
oil on canvas, 1929
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William Plomer

by Humphrey Spender
bromide print, 1933
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William Plomer

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, May 1965
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
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William Plomer

by Howard Coster
bromide print
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William Plomer

by Howard Coster
print, circa 1932
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William Plomer

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1932
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William Plomer

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1932
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William Plomer

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1932
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William Plomer

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1932
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William Plomer

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1932
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William Plomer

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1932
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William Plomer

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1932
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William Plomer

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1932
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William Plomer

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1932
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William Plomer

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1932
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William Plomer

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1932
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William Plomer

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 1960
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