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Henry James

8 of 16 portraits of Henry James

Henry James, by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé, 1913 - NPG x132910 - © 2013 E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection / Curatorial Assistance Inc.

© 2013 E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection / Curatorial Assistance Inc.

Henry James

by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé
vintage bromide print, 1913
10 5/8 in. x 8 1/4 in. (271 mm x 211 mm) overall
Given by Terence Pepper, 2010
Photographs Collection
NPG x132910

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  • Henry James (1843-1916), Novelist. Sitter in 16 portraits.

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  • Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé (1878-1972), Photographer and writer. Artist associated with 178 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Although this portrait dates from 1911, it didn't become widely known until it was published by the Bookman and the Graphic in 1913, to celebrate Henry James's seventieth birthday.
In his autobiography Hundred Thousand Exposures (1945), Hoppé explained of this portrait: 'I photographed him in my London studio and at Lamb House in Rye where he moved from Chelsea. His appearance was suggestive of a portly dignity and precise manner in style and speech. His profile was modelled on pure classical lines and one of my head and shoulders portraits of him, in which he resembled a Roman Emperor, has been reproduced over and over again in many publications.'

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