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Arthur David Waley

(1889-1966), Poet and translator

Sitter associated with 15 portraits
The family name of Schloss was changed to the maternal one of Waley in 1914, though poor health and eyesight prevented Waley from active service in the War. He worked in the British Museum from 1913 to 1929, working on the collections of Chinese and Japanese graphic art, teaching himself the two languages. His translations of A Hundred and Seventy Poems was published in 1918, and the Genji Monogatari by Murasaki Shikibu, was published in six volumes from1925 to 1933. He never went to China or Japan, though The Opium War through Chinese Eyes (1958) was a polemic against the imperialist attitude of an earlier generation of Sinologists, those students of Chinese history, language and culture.

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Arthur David Waley, by Edmund Dulac - NPG 6598

Arthur David Waley

by Edmund Dulac
pen and ink and watercolour, circa 1915
NPG 6598

Arthur David Waley, by Reginald John ('Rex') Whistler - NPG 4598

Arthur David Waley

by Reginald John ('Rex') Whistler
pencil, circa 1928-1938
NPG 4598

Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends, possibly by Philip Edward Morrell - NPG Ax143288

Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends

possibly by Philip Edward Morrell
vintage snapshot print, late 1930
NPG Ax143288

Arthur David Waley; Jim Ede; Walter D'Arcy Cresswell, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax143290

Arthur David Waley; Jim Ede; Walter D'Arcy Cresswell

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, late 1930
NPG Ax143290

Arthur David Waley, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x14229

Arthur David Waley

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, April 1956
NPG x14229

Arthur David Waley, by Pamela Chandler - NPG x88899

Arthur David Waley

by Pamela Chandler
modern bromide print from original negative, 1961
NPG x88899

Arthur David Waley, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG D252

Arthur David Waley

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
oil on board, 1925-1937
NPG D252

Arthur David Waley, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG D253

Arthur David Waley

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
oil on board, 1925-1937
NPG D253

Arthur David Waley, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG D254

Arthur David Waley

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
oil on board, 1925-1937
NPG D254

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Arthur David Waley

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, August 1946
NPG x185862

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Arthur David Waley

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, August 1946
NPG x188081

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Arthur David Waley

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, August 1946
NPG x188082

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