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J.K. Rowling (1965-), Writer

Joanne Kathleen ('J.K.') Rowling

Sitter associated with 6 portraits
J. K. Rowling creator of the Harry Potter books, has said that the character and plot came to her 'fully formed' during a train journey in 1990. She began writing shortly afterwards when she moved to Portugal to teach English. Later, as a single mother living in Edinburgh, she continued working on the manuscript in longhand. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997), was the first of a planned series of seven - one for every year Potter spends at Hogwarts, a school for Wizards. The phenomenally successful series captivate both child and adult audiences alike. Her books have been translated into 61 languages, sold over a quarter of a billion copies worldwide and been made into major feature films.

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J.K. Rowling

by Stuart Pearson Wright
pencil with charcoal underlay, 2004
NPG 6745(13)


J.K. Rowling

by Stuart Pearson Wright
oil on board construction with coloured pencil on paper, 2005
NPG 6723


J.K. Rowling

by Stuart Pearson Wright
charcoal, 2005
NPG 6745(12)


J.K. Rowling

by Neil Wilder
C-type colour print, 1 July 1999
NPG x125493


J.K. Rowling

by Murdo MacLeod
cibachrome print, November 1998
NPG x88402


Preparatory sketch for Joanne Kathleen ('J.K.') Rowling

by Stuart Pearson Wright
pencil on three sheets of paper pasted and taped together, 2004-2005
NPG D42713