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Kingsley Amis

(1922-1995), Novelist

Sir Kingsley William Amis

Sitter in 31 portraits
Educated at Oxford University, Amis combined writing with a career as a lecturer in English at Swansea (1949-61), Cambridge (1961-63) and later in the USA. His first novel Lucky Jim (1954), a satire on academic and middle-class life brought him fame, and linked him to other so-called Angry Young Men of his generation like John Osborne. Later novels include Take a Girl Like You (1960), Jake's Thing (1978) and the Booker prize-winning The Old Devils (1986). Whilst teaching at Cambridge he began a relationship with the writer Elizabeth Jane Howard,which led to a split with his first wife and family. Martin Amis, Kingsley's son from his first marriage, later credited Howard with encouraging his writing.

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Kingsley Amis, by Gordon Stuart - NPG 6334

Kingsley Amis

by Gordon Stuart
oil on canvasboard, 1953
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6334

Kingsley Amis, by Rollie McKenna - NPG P1666

Kingsley Amis

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 1957
NPG P1666

Kingsley Amis, by Mark Boxer - NPG 5920(1)

Kingsley Amis

by Mark Boxer
ink and black crayon, 1970s
NPG 5920(1)

Martin Amis; Kingsley Amis, by Dmitri Kasterine - NPG P1320

Martin Amis; Kingsley Amis

by Dmitri Kasterine
modern bromide print from original negative, 2009 (1975)
NPG P1320

Sir Kingsley William Amis, by Daniel Farson - NPG x135683

Sir Kingsley William Amis

by Daniel Farson
modern bromide print, 18 June 1956
NPG x135683

Sir Kingsley Amis and family, by Daniel Farson - NPG x135684

Sir Kingsley Amis and family

by Daniel Farson
modern bromide print, 18 June 1956
NPG x135684

Kingsley Amis, by Mark Gerson - NPG x88202

Kingsley Amis

by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, June 1957
NPG x88202

Kingsley Amis, by Ida Kar - NPG x88538

Kingsley Amis

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, late 1950s
NPG x88538

Kingsley Amis, by Ida Kar - NPG x88539

Kingsley Amis

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, late 1950s
NPG x88539

Kingsley Amis, by Ida Kar - NPG x88540

Kingsley Amis

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, late 1950s
NPG x88540

Kingsley Amis, by Ida Kar - NPG x88541

Kingsley Amis

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, late 1950s
NPG x88541

Sir Kingsley William Amis, by Neil Libbert - NPG x136288

Sir Kingsley William Amis

by Neil Libbert
bromide print, 1961
NPG x136288

Kingsley Amis; Elizabeth Jane Howard, by Francis Goodman - NPG x131052

Kingsley Amis; Elizabeth Jane Howard

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1966
NPG x131052

Elizabeth Jane Howard; Kingsley Amis, by Francis Goodman - NPG x131053

Elizabeth Jane Howard; Kingsley Amis

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1966
NPG x131053

Elizabeth Jane Howard; Kingsley Amis, by Francis Goodman - NPG x131054

Elizabeth Jane Howard; Kingsley Amis

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1966
NPG x131054

Kingsley Amis; Elizabeth Jane Howard, by Francis Goodman - NPG x131055

Kingsley Amis; Elizabeth Jane Howard

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1966
NPG x131055

Kingsley Amis, by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski - NPG x13700

Kingsley Amis

by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, 1967
NPG x13700

Sir Kingsley Amis, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x163583

Sir Kingsley Amis

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 8 October 1969
NPG x163583

Sir Kingsley Amis, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x163584

Sir Kingsley Amis

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 3 March 1970
NPG x163584

Sir Kingsley Amis, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x163585

Sir Kingsley Amis

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 3 March 1970
NPG x163585

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