Christopher Isherwood; W.H. Auden

1 portrait on display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery

Christopher Isherwood; W.H. Auden, by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, 1938 - NPG x15194 - © estate of Louise Dahl-Wolfe / Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York

© estate of Louise Dahl-Wolfe / Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York

Christopher Isherwood; W.H. Auden

by Louise Dahl-Wolfe
toned bromide print, 1938
9 7/8 in. x 8 1/8 in. (250 mm x 206 mm)
Given by The Britten Estate, 1981
Photographs Collection
NPG x15194


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Taken for Harper's Bazaar magazine in Central Park, New York, during Auden's first trip to America, the country that he would later make his home. He and Isherwood spent two weeks in the city on their return from China and Japan, where they worked on Journey to a War, a travel book about the Sino-Japanese War. Exhilarated by the USA, Auden and Isherwood returned in January 1939.

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  • Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 231

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