A.S. Byatt (1936-), Novelist and critic
Dame Antonia Susan ('A.S.') Byatt
Sitter in 7 portraits
Novelist, critic and editor. The author of a number of works, including The Virgin in the Garden (1978), Possession (winner of the 1990 Booker Prize, four collections of short stories: Sugar and other Stories (1987), The Matisse Stories (1994), The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye (1995) and Elementals (1998) and Little Black Book of Stories (2003). Her interests extend to art and art history, literary and social history, and philosophy, all of which feature in her novels.
by Patrick Heron
oil on canvas, 1997
On display in Room 35 at the National Portrait Gallery