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Jan Morris (1926-), Writer

Sitter in 2 portraits
Morris is an author and travel writer whose most important literary achievement is the epic Pax Britannica (1973-78), a trilogy about the rise and fall of the British Empire. Morris describes the culture, geography and temperament of cities and countries around the world. Other works include Venice (1960), Conundrum (1974) and A Writer's World: Travels: 1950-2000 (2004). She first came to public attention in 1953 as James Morris, the reporter who climbed 20,000 feet up Everest and broke the news that a British Expedition had conquered the mountain.

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Jan Morris

by Arturo Di Stefano
oil on canvas, 2004-2005
NPG 6722


Jan Morris; Twm Morys

by Richard Whitehead
selenium-toned bromide print, 1994
NPG x76899