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Sir Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997), Philosopher and political theorist

Sitter in 11 portraits
Philosopher and political theorist. Sir Isaiah Berlin is often considered one of the greatest scholars of his generation. Intrigued by ideas, he argued for a greater understanding of the essential values of civilisation - pluralism and liberty. He was intellectually opposed to absolutisms. Among his best-known works are The Hedgehog and the Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy's View of History (1953); Historical Inevitability (1954), which codified his anti-determinist viewpoint; and Two Concepts of Liberty (1958).

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P1142

Sir Isaiah Berlin

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 6 July 1977
NPG P1142

5523

Sir Isaiah Berlin

by Sir Lawrence Gowing
oil on canvas, 1982
NPG 5523

P466

Sir Isaiah Berlin

by Steve Pyke
bromide print, 1990
NPG P466

P615

Sir Isaiah Berlin

by Richard Avedon
bromide print, 1993
NPG P615

x30005

Sir Isaiah Berlin; Lord David Cecil

by Norman Parkinson
bromide print on card mount, 1950
NPG x30005

x14026

Sir Isaiah Berlin

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1955
NPG x14026

x14027

Sir Isaiah Berlin

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1955
NPG x14027

x165041

Sir Isaiah Berlin

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1957
NPG x165041

x125271

Sir Isaiah Berlin

by Noel Chanan
digital colour print from original transparency, 1971
NPG x125271

x31843

Sir Isaiah Berlin

by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies
bromide fibre print, 19 May 1988
NPG x31843