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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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6334

Kingsley Amis

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

P1666

Kingsley Amis

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 1957
NPG P1666

5920(1)

Kingsley Amis

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

P1320

Martin Amis; Kingsley Amis

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

x135683

Sir Kingsley William Amis

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

x135684

Sir Kingsley Amis and family

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

x88202

Kingsley Amis

by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, June 1957
NPG x88202

x88538

Kingsley Amis

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

x88539

Kingsley Amis

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

x88540

Kingsley Amis

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

x88541

Kingsley Amis

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

x136288

Sir Kingsley William Amis

by Neil Libbert
bromide print, 1961
NPG x136288

x131052

Kingsley Amis; Elizabeth Jane Howard

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

x131053

Elizabeth Jane Howard; Kingsley Amis

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

x131054

Elizabeth Jane Howard; Kingsley Amis

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

x131055

Kingsley Amis; Elizabeth Jane Howard

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

x13700

Kingsley Amis

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

x163583

Sir Kingsley Amis

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 8 October 1969
NPG x163583

x163584

Sir Kingsley Amis

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 3 March 1970
NPG x163584

x163585

Sir Kingsley Amis

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 3 March 1970
NPG x163585

x133014

Pat Kavanagh; Kingsley Amis

by Angela Gorgas
modern bromide print from original negative, 1978
NPG x133014

x25204

Kingsley Amis

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, 1985
NPG x25204

x30331

Kingsley Amis

by Trevor Leighton
bromide fibre print, November 1987
NPG x30331

x75857

Kingsley Amis

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, 1994 or before
NPG x75857

D198

Kingsley Amis; Martin Amis

by Michael Frith
watercolour heightened with gouache, 1988
NPG D198

P1845

Sir Kingsley William Amis; Elizabeth Jane Howard

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 6 December 1973
NPG P1845

x68300

Kingsley Amis

by John Deakin
bromide print, 1955
NPG x68300

x5157

Kingsley Amis

by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, June 1957
NPG x5157

x29996

Elizabeth Jane Howard; Kingsley Amis

by Jo Alison Feiler
bromide print, 1974
NPG x29996

x29995

Kingsley Amis; Elizabeth Jane Howard

by Jo Alison Feiler
bromide print, 1974
NPG x29995