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Christopher Isherwood

(1904-1986), Novelist

Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood

Sitter in 29 portraits
Began writing as a student at Cambridge and is best known for Mr Norris Changes Trains (1935) and Goodbye to Berlin (1939) which reflected his experience of living in pre-war Germany. The latter was adapted by John Kander and Fred Ebb into the stage musical Cabaret(1968) and in 1972 into the film staring Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles. Isherwood subsequently settled near Hollywood and worked as a scriptwriter. His American novels include Down There on a Visit (1962), A Single Man (1964) and Christopher and His Kind (1977) a frank account of the homosexual affairs of his youth. His Diaries 1939-1960 were published in 1996.

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Christopher Isherwood, by Alice Springs (June Newton) - NPG P547

Christopher Isherwood

by Alice Springs (June Newton)
bromide print, 1980
NPG P547

Christopher Isherwood, by Alice Springs (June Newton) - NPG P541

Christopher Isherwood

by Alice Springs (June Newton)
bromide print, 1985
NPG P541

Christopher Isherwood, by (Edward) Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten - NPG x15193

Christopher Isherwood

by (Edward) Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten
snapshot print, circa 1930
NPG x15193

Christopher Isherwood; W.H. Auden, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x137621

Christopher Isherwood; W.H. Auden

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 1938
NPG x137621

Christopher Isherwood; W.H. Auden, by Louise Dahl-Wolfe - NPG x15194

Christopher Isherwood; W.H. Auden

by Louise Dahl-Wolfe
toned bromide print, July 1938
NPG x15194

Christopher Isherwood, by Carl Van Vechten - NPG x131783

Christopher Isherwood

by Carl Van Vechten
chlorobromide print, 7 December 1951
NPG x131783

Christopher Isherwood, by Chris O'Dell - NPG x137067

Christopher Isherwood

by Chris O'Dell
archival digital print, 1976
NPG x137067

Christopher Isherwood, by Paul Joyce - NPG x13409

Christopher Isherwood

by Paul Joyce
bromide print on card mount, April 1977
NPG x13409

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Christopher Isherwood

by Howard Coster
nitrate negative, circa 1936
NPG x1615

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