by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1957
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- Dame (Jean) Iris Murdoch (1919-1999), Novelist and philosopher. Sitter in 34 portraits.
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- Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Artist associated with 1486 portraits, Sitter associated with 137 portraits.
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Kar photographed Murdoch as she worked on the manuscript for The Bell (1958), one of her most popular novels and the first to be influenced by Plato. Murdoch is seen here at Cedar Lodge, Steeple Aston, where she had moved two years before her marriage to writer, critic and fellow Oxford don, John Bayley.