Search the Collection

Cecil Day-Lewis (1904-1972), Poet Laureate

Sitter in 54 portraits
Poet, critic and detective storywriter (as Nicholas Blake). Made his name with Transitional Poems (1929) and during the 1930s became associated with Auden and Spender in left-wing causes. During World War II worked for the Ministry of Information. Became Professor of Poetry at Oxford (1951-6) and was appointed Poet Laureate in 1968.

List Thumbnail

6588

Cecil Day-Lewis

by Frank Ernest Halliday
oil on canvas, 1936
NPG 6588

5068

Cecil Day-Lewis

by Franta Belsky
bronze bust, 1952
NPG 5068

x10287

Cecil Day-Lewis

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x10287

x127586

Cecil Day-Lewis

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 2 June 1939
NPG x127586

x127587

Cecil Day-Lewis

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 2 June 1939
NPG x127587

x127588

Cecil Day-Lewis

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 2 June 1939
NPG x127588

x127589

Cecil Day-Lewis

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 2 June 1939
NPG x127589

x14056

Cecil Day-Lewis

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1942
NPG x14056

x126513

Cecil Day-Lewis

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, published July 1948
NPG x126513

x126514

Cecil Day-Lewis

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG x126514

x126515

Cecil Day-Lewis

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG x126515

x126516

Cecil Day-Lewis

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG x126516

x126517

Cecil Day-Lewis

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG x126517

x127276

Cecil Day-Lewis

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, mid 1950s
NPG x127276

x1806

Cecil Day-Lewis

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1954
NPG x1806

x1807

Cecil Day-Lewis

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1954
NPG x1807

x1808

Cecil Day-Lewis

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1954
NPG x1808

x134682

Cecil Day-Lewis; Tamasin Day-Lewis

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, late 1950s
NPG x134682

x167045

Cecil Day-Lewis

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, April 1957
NPG x167045