Aldous Huxley(1894-1963), Novelist
Sitter in 113 portraits
During the interwar years, Huxley was arguably Britain's best-known novelist following the international success of Brave New World (1932). Its success came after a string of satirical works: Crome Yellow (1921), Antic Hay (1923) and Those Barren Leaves (1925). Huxley later settled in the USA. There, the tone of his writing gravitated towards pacifism and metaphysics, prompted partly by interest in Hindu Vedantist thought. These aspects of his development are evident in Ends and Means (1937). His later writing was preoccupied with the potential of human capability, notably in the autobiographical The Doors of Perception (1953), written under the influence of mescaline.
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by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery