Joseph Conrad

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Joseph Conrad, by George Charles Beresford, 1904 - NPG x6360 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Joseph Conrad

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype, 1904
6 1/8 in. x 4 3/8 in. (156 mm x 110 mm)
Given by George Charles Beresford, 1933
Photographs Collection
NPG x6360


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This portrait was made the year Conrad completed the novel Nostromo, a story of corruption in the fictitious South American republic of Costaguana. Exhausted by this 'intense creative effort', Conrad wrote that he had neglected the 'common joys of life' for twenty months. Beresford took many portraits of writers and artists, which appeared in the leading illustrated periodicals of the day.

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