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T.S. Eliot

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T.S. Eliot, by John Gay, 1948 - NPG P702 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

T.S. Eliot

by John Gay
vintage print, 1948
10 7/8 x 9 5/8 in. (276 x 244 mm)
Given by Max Macdonald Hastings, 1997
Primary Collection
NPG P702


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  • John Gay (1909-1999), Photographer. Artist of 276 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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Intellectually demanding and stylistically innovative, Eliot is a writer of outstanding importance in modern English literature, and the author of The Waste Land (1922), Murder in the Cathedral (1935), Four Quartets (1944) and The Cocktail Party (1949). Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939), a book of light verse, is the basis of the musical stage show, Cats. This portrait was taken by John Gay for a series of portraits of poets commissioned to accompany an article by Sir John Betjeman that was published in the Strand magazine in July 1948.

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