Christopher Isherwood

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Christopher Isherwood, by Humphrey Spender, 1935 - NPG P41 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Christopher Isherwood

by Humphrey Spender
bromide print, 1935
8 1/4 in. x 5 3/4 in. (210 mm x 146 mm)
Purchased, 1977
Primary Collection
NPG P41


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  • Humphrey Spender (1910-2005), Photographer, artist and designer. Artist of 15 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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In 1979 Humphrey Spender provided information about his photograph of the novelist Christopher Isherwood as follows: 'This was taken in Berlin in about 1935. He is standing against the window of the apartment made famous in Goodbye to Berlin...looking at and commenting on some activity in the street two floors below.' It is an appropriately melancholy image, slightly narcissistic, combined with Spender's interest in precise pictorial record.

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  • NPG P196: Sir Stephen Harold Spender (includes the portrait)

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