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Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), Novelist, playwright and spy

William Somerset Maugham

Sitter associated with 112 portraits
Somerset Maugham was one of the most popular and commercially successful authors of the twentieth century. He qualified as a doctor in 1897, but pursued his passion for writing following the publication of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth, in the same year. His play Lady Frederick (1907) was his first theatrical success, and his largely autobiographical novel Of Human Bondage (1915) became a best seller. It was followed by other highly praised works The Moon and Sixpence (1919), Cakes and Ale (1930) and The Razor's Edge (1945). He wrote more than thirty plays, including Home and Beauty (1919) and The Letter 1927).

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4524

Somerset Maugham

by Philip Steegman
oil on canvas, 1931
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4529(235)

Somerset Maugham

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1933 or before
NPG 4529(235)

4529(236)

Somerset Maugham

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1933 or before
NPG 4529(236)

4529(237)

Somerset Maugham

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1933 or before
NPG 4529(237)

4529(238)

Somerset Maugham

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1933 or before
NPG 4529(238)

4529(239)

Somerset Maugham

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1933 or before
NPG 4529(239)

4529(240)

Somerset Maugham

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1933 or before
NPG 4529(240)

4529(240a)

Somerset Maugham

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1933 or before
NPG 4529(240a)

P490(49)

Somerset Maugham

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1947
NPG P490(49)

5325

Somerset Maugham

by Graham Vivian Sutherland
pencil and crayon, 1949
NPG 5325

5326

Somerset Maugham

by Graham Vivian Sutherland
sketchbook, 104 pages, 1949
NPG 5326

P727

Somerset Maugham

by Henri Cartier-Bresson
bromide print, 1951
NPG P727

5329

Somerset Maugham

by Graham Vivian Sutherland
lithograph, 1953
NPG 5329

5327

Somerset Maugham

by Graham Vivian Sutherland
black chalk, pencil and gouache, 1953
NPG 5327

5328

Somerset Maugham

by Graham Vivian Sutherland
black chalk on tracing paper, 1953
NPG 5328

x81148

Somerset Maugham

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 12 October 1929
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x81149

Somerset Maugham

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 12 October 1929
NPG x81149

x81150

Somerset Maugham

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 12 October 1929
NPG x81150

Ax2317

Somerset Maugham

by Howard Coster
print, 1930
NPG Ax2317