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Laurence Edward Alan ('Laurie') Lee

(1914-1997), Poet and prose writer

Sitter in 15 portraits
Lee is best known for his autobiography, Cider With Rosie (1959), a vivid account of his Cotswolds childhood following the First World War. He left school aged fifteen, and in 1934 moved from Gloucestershire to London. He wrote poetry while working as a labourer and spending his evenings in Soho cafés. Lee also worked as a journalist, a scriptwriter and a documentary film maker for the GPO. He published his first volume of poetry, The Sun My Monument, in 1944. Lee's travels in Spain during the 1930s and 40s are reflected in several of his works, including As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969) and A Moment of War (1991), which presents a vivid depiction of a young man's experiences fighting as a Republican volunteer against Franco's forces.

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Laurie Lee, by Anthony Devas - NPG 6726

Laurie Lee

by Anthony Devas
oil on canvas, 1944
NPG 6726

Laurie Lee, by Tim Richmond - NPG P311

Laurie Lee

by Tim Richmond
bromide print, November 1985
NPG P311

Laurie Lee, by Ida Kar - NPG x139613

Laurie Lee

by Ida Kar
quarter-plate film negative, 1956
NPG x139613

Laurie Lee, by Ida Kar - NPG x139617

Laurie Lee

by Ida Kar
quarter-plate film negative, 1956
NPG x139617

Laurie Lee, by Ida Kar - NPG x139618

Laurie Lee

by Ida Kar
quarter-plate film negative, 1956
NPG x139618

Laurie Lee, by Ida Kar - NPG x88804

Laurie Lee

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1956
NPG x88804

Laurie Lee, by Ida Kar - NPG x88805

Laurie Lee

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1956
NPG x88805

Laurie Lee, by Sandra Lousada - NPG x135455

Laurie Lee

by Sandra Lousada
archival pigment print, 1959
NPG x135455

Laurie Lee, by Bryan Wharton - NPG x88632

Laurie Lee

by Bryan Wharton
bromide print, 2 March 1977
NPG x88632

Writers, by Lord Snowdon - NPG x126893

Writers

by Lord Snowdon
cibachrome print, January 1982
NPG x126893

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Laurie Lee

by Sandra Lousada
archival pigment print, 1959
NPG x139740

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Laurie Lee

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1963
NPG x22442

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