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James Joyce

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James Joyce, by Renée Mendel, 1934 - NPG 5883 - Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

James Joyce

by Renée Mendel
wooden statuette, 1934
26 1/4 in. (667 mm) high
Purchased, 1986
Primary Collection
NPG 5883


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  • James Joyce (1882-1941), Novelist, poet and playwright. Sitter in 7 portraits.

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James Joyce, the Irish novelist, poet and short-story writer, was the author of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and of the experimental 'stream of consciousness' novels Ulysses (published in Paris in 1922, but banned in the U.K. until 1936) and Finnegans Wake (1939). This sculpture in wood was made by Renée Mendel in Paris in 1934, the year that Ulysses was published in the United States. She first modelled the figure in clay and then worked from photographs of Joyce and from sittings from a friend who resembled the writer. Mendel called the sculpture The Intellectual, or Man with Umbrella.

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