Search the Collections

Sir Alfred Jules Ayer (1910-1989), Philosopher

Sitter in 12 portraits
Philosopher; Ayer held chairs in philosophy at Oxford University and University College, London. His best-known publication, Language, Truth and Logic (1936), was the leading British statement of logical positivism, his ideas were seen as a radical departure from established philosophy. He was also popularly known after the War as a participant on the radio discussion programme, the Brains Trust.

List Thumbnail

P782

The Humanist Society

by John Hedgecoe
bromide print, 1966
NPG P782

P1139

Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 20 November 1976
NPG P1139

5823

Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

by Humphrey Ocean (Humphrey Anthony Erdeswick Butler-Bowdon)
oil on canvas, 1985
NPG 5823

P465

Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

by Steve Pyke
bromide print, 1988
NPG P465

x45736

Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1952
NPG x45736

x5102

Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, 1961
NPG x5102

x163793

Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

by Walter Bird
bromide print, 1965
NPG x163793

x13445

Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

by Paul Joyce
bromide print, June 1975
NPG x13445

x13402

Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

by Paul Joyce
bromide print on card mount, June 1975
NPG x13402

x15079

Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

by Roger George Clark
bromide print, 13 November 1978
NPG x15079

x126100

Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

by Geoff Howard
bromide fibre print, May 1978
NPG x126100

x22402

Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1980
NPG x22402