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Virginia Woolf

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Virginia Woolf, by Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky), 27 November 1934 - NPG P170 - © Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2013

© Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2013

Virginia Woolf

by Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky)
silver print, 27 November 1934
9 5/8 in. x 7 5/8 in. (246 mm x 195 mm)
Purchased, 1981
Primary Collection
NPG P170


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The novelist Virginia Woolf visited Man Ray's exhibition at Lund Humphries in London on 26 November 1934 and was asked by the photographer to sit to him. In his autobiography Man Ray recorded that he put lipstick on Virginia Woolf's mouth, explaining that it was for technical reasons and would not show in the photograph. Virginia's husband, Leonard Woolf, described this as by far the best photograph ever taken of her.

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