Search the Collection

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013), Poet and Nobel Prize winner

Seamus Justin Heaney

Sitter in 23 portraits
Seamus Heaney was born at Mossbawn, and lived in Dublin from 1976 until his death. His publications include Death of a Naturalist (1966), Door into the Dark (1969), The Haw Lantern (1987) and The Spirit Level (1996). His modern translation of the Anglo-Saxon poem, Beowulf, won him a second Whitbread Book of the Year Prize in 2000. Heaney held the chair of Professor of Poetry at Oxford University from 1989 until 1994 and Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard from 1985 to 1998. He was selected for numerous awards and honours including the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 and the Griffin Poetry Prize Lifetime Recognition Award in 2012.

List Thumbnail

P1672

Seamus Heaney

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 1969
NPG P1672

6023

Seamus Heaney

by Peter Edwards
oil on canvas, 1987-1988
NPG 6023

6261

Seamus Heaney

by Ross Wilson
charcoal and pencil, surface worked, 1994
NPG 6261

6262(1)

Seamus Heaney

by Ross Wilson
ink and watercolour, 1994
NPG 6262(1)

6262(2)

Seamus Heaney

by Ross Wilson
ink and watercolour, 1994
NPG 6262(2)

6262(3)

Seamus Heaney

by Ross Wilson
ink and watercolour, 1994
NPG 6262(3)

6262(4)

Seamus Heaney

by Ross Wilson
ink and watercolour, 1994
NPG 6262(4)

6262(5)

Seamus Heaney

by Ross Wilson
ink and watercolour, 1994
NPG 6262(5)

6262(6)

Seamus Heaney

by Ross Wilson
ink and watercolour, 1994
NPG 6262(6)

6262(7)

Seamus Heaney

by Ross Wilson
ink and watercolour, 1994
NPG 6262(7)

6262(8)

Seamus Heaney

by Ross Wilson
ink and watercolour, 1994
NPG 6262(8)

6262(9)

Seamus Heaney

by Ross Wilson
ink and watercolour, 1994
NPG 6262(9)

6262(10)

Seamus Heaney

by Ross Wilson
ink and watercolour, 1994
NPG 6262(10)

6262(11)

Seamus Heaney

by Ross Wilson
ink and watercolour, 1994
NPG 6262(11)

6262(12)

Seamus Heaney

by Ross Wilson
ink and watercolour, 1994
NPG 6262(12)

6703

Seamus Heaney

by Tai-Shan Schierenberg
oil on canvas, 2004
On display in Room 36 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6703

x17465

Seamus Heaney

by (John) Edward McKenzie Lucie-Smith
bromide print, May 1970
NPG x17465

x35734

Seamus Heaney

by George Newson
bromide fibre print, 1986
NPG x35734

x88253

Seamus Heaney

by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, June 1996
NPG x88253

x125843

Seamus Heaney

by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print from original negative, June 1996
NPG x125843

x76834

Seamus Heaney

by Mark Gerson
cibachrome print from original transparency, June 1996
NPG x76834

x134044

Seamus Heaney

by David Barry
C-type colour print, 1991
NPG x134044

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, something missing, or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have any information to share please complete the form below

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.