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Brigid Antonia Brophy (1929-1995), Novelist

Sitter in 5 portraits
Writer and campaigner. Brophy's first novel Hackenfeller's Ape (1953) concerned the ethics of vivisection, against which Brophy campaigned vigorously in the 1960s. Her wide-ranging non-fiction included Fifty Works of English and American Literature We Could Do Without (1967), written with her husband Sir Michael Levey (Director of the National Gallery) and their friend Charles Osborne. Brophy was instrumental in the instigation of the PLR (Public Lending Right) in 1979, offering a payment to authors for the availability of their works in public libraries.

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The Humanist Society

by John Hedgecoe
bromide print, 1966
NPG P782


Brigid Antonia Brophy

by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski
bromide print, March 1968
NPG P1045


Brigid Antonia Brophy

by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, February 1966
NPG x88204


'Out' Group

by Thomas Patrick John Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield
archival inkjet print, July 1967
NPG x128492


Brigid Antonia Brophy

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, February 1966
NPG x4695