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Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), Writer and journalist

Sitter in 7 portraits
A regular contributor to the New Statesman in the 1930s, Connolly went on to co-edit the influential literary magazine Horizon from 1939 to 1950, after which he was the chief book reviewer for the Sunday Times. Connolly's ambition was to become a great novelist, or at least create a literary masterpiece. He wrote only one novel, The Rock Pool (1935) a satirical work. His best-known work is the autobiography that forms the second half of Enemies of Promise (1938), in which he attempted to explain his failure to produce the literary masterpiece that he and others believed he should have been capable of writing.

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Cyril Connolly

by Henri Cartier-Bresson
bromide print, 1939
NPG P722


Cyril Connolly

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print on white card mount, 1942
NPG P869(7)


Cyril Connolly

by Howard Coster
nitrate negative, 1942
NPG x1635


Cyril Connolly

by Howard Coster
half-plate nitrate negative, 1942
NPG x1636


Cyril Connolly

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1942
NPG x15334


Cyril Connolly

by Janet Stone
bromide print, 1972
NPG x23331