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Iris Murdoch (1919-1999), Novelist and philosopher

Dame (Jean) Iris Murdoch

Sitter in 34 portraits
Murdoch graduated with a first-class degree from Somerville College, Oxford (1942) and studied philosophy at Newnham College, Cambridge (1947-8), before becoming a tutor in the subject at St Anne's College, Oxford until 1963. Her works on philosophy include Sartre, Romantic Rationalist (1953). After publishing her first novel Under the Net in 1954, Murdoch wrote one novel a year, and in 1978 she won the booker prize for The Sea, The Sea. Described as psychological thrillers, they portray 20th century professional and intellectual middle-class life. She married John Bayley in 1956, and their struggle with her Alzheimer's Disease was the subject of his books, and the film Iris (2002).

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P436

Iris Murdoch

by Gisele Freund
bromide print, 1959
NPG P436

P150(27)

Iris Murdoch

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1978
NPG P150(27)

P830

Iris Murdoch

by Lord Snowdon
vintage bromide print, 20 November 1980
NPG P830

5921

Iris Murdoch

by Tom Phillips
oil on canvas, 1984-1986
NPG 5921

5944(6)

Iris Murdoch

by Tom Phillips
oil on board, 1984
NPG 5944(6)

5944(5)

Iris Murdoch

by Tom Phillips
pencil, 1985
NPG 5944(5)

5944(7)

Iris Murdoch

by Tom Phillips
oil on board, 1985
NPG 5944(7)

5944(1)

Iris Murdoch

by Tom Phillips
conte, 1986
NPG 5944(1)

5944(2)

Iris Murdoch

by Tom Phillips
conte, 1986
NPG 5944(2)

5944(3)

Iris Murdoch

by Tom Phillips
conte, 1986
NPG 5944(3)

5944(4)

Iris Murdoch

by Tom Phillips
conte, 1986
NPG 5944(4)

P530

John Bayley; Iris Murdoch

by Derry Moore, 12th Earl of Drogheda
colour print, 29 September 1992
NPG P530

x31659

Iris Murdoch

by Ida Kar
modern bromide print, 1957
NPG x31659

x132970

Iris Murdoch

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1957
NPG x132970

x134438

Iris Murdoch

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1957
NPG x134438

x134439

Iris Murdoch

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1957
NPG x134439

x134440

Iris Murdoch

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1957
NPG x134440

x135179

Iris Murdoch

by Ida Kar
bromide print, 1957
NPG x135179

x88220

Iris Murdoch

by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, October 1958
NPG x88220

x137675

Dame (Jean) Iris Murdoch

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, June 1962
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x137675