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Kate O'Brien (1897-1974), Novelist

Sitter in 16 portraits
Born in Limerick, O'Brien attended University College, Dublin, and started writing while teaching in London. After a short-lived marriage, she wrote the play Distinguished Villa (1926), followed by an award-winning novel Without my Cloak (1931). O'Brien's sagas of Irish families are dominated by the theme of conflict between Catholicism and an artistic or liberal temperament. Mary Lavelle (1936) was inspired by O'Brien's time working as a governess in Spain in the early 1920s.

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Kate O'Brien

by Mary O'Neill
oil on canvas, 1936
NPG 5997

x11731

Kate O'Brien

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1930
NPG x11731

x42663

Kate O'Brien

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
half-plate nitrate negative, 22 August 1928
NPG x42663

x42664

Kate O'Brien

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
half-plate nitrate negative, 22 August 1928
NPG x42664

x11725

Kate O'Brien

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1930
NPG x11725

x11726

Kate O'Brien

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1930
NPG x11726

x11727

Kate O'Brien

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1930
NPG x11727

x11728

Kate O'Brien

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1930
NPG x11728

x11729

Kate O'Brien

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1930
NPG x11729

x11732

Kate O'Brien

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1930
NPG x11732

x11733

Kate O'Brien

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1930
NPG x11733

x11734

Kate O'Brien

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1930
NPG x11734

x11730

Kate O'Brien

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x11730

x11722

Kate O'Brien

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940s
NPG x11722

x11723

Kate O'Brien

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940s
NPG x11723

x11724

Kate O'Brien

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940s
NPG x11724

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