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James Joyce

7 of 7 portraits of James Joyce

James Joyce

by Berenice Abbott
vintage bromide print, 1926
7 7/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (200 mm x 251 mm)
Purchased, 1995
Primary Collection
NPG P610


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

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Born and educated in Dublin, Joyce left Ireland in 1904 and lived the rest of his life abroad. He was the author of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and of the experimental 'stream of consciousness' novel Ulysses (published in Paris in 1922, but banned in the UK until 1936). This is one of two photographs of Joyce by Abbott acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, and it was taken in Paris in 1926. Since the 1910s Joyce had suffered from eye trouble; he had in all eleven operations and at the time of this photograph was blind in his left eye.

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