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Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield))

(1892-1983), Writer and journalist

Sitter in 29 portraits
As a teenager, West's precocious journalism flourished in the feminist weekly the Freewoman, prompting George Bernard Shaw to praise her for writing 'as brilliantly as ever I could, and much more savagely'. Eight novels include The Fountain Overflows (1957) and The Sunflower, published posthumously, and portraying aspects of her ten-year relationship with the writer H.G. Wells. West's reportage of the Nuremberg trials, The Meaning of Treason (1949), and her cultural study of the Balkan states, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1937), put her at the forefront of political commentary.

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Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield)), by E.O. Hoppé - NPG P1696

Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield))

by E.O. Hoppé
chlorobromide print, 30 January 1923
On display in Room 25 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P1696

Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield)), by Carl Van Vechten - NPG P1127

Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield))

by Carl Van Vechten
vintage gelatin silver print, 28 May 1934
NPG P1127

Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield)), by Lord Snowdon - NPG P846

Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield))

by Lord Snowdon
vintage bromide print, 9 February 1982
NPG P846

Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield)), by Yevonde - NPG x131753

Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield))

by Yevonde
black and white reprint on card mount, 1929
NPG x131753

Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield)), by Cecil Beaton - NPG x14241

Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield))

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1942
NPG x14241

Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield)), by Yevonde - NPG x27348

Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield))

by Yevonde
solarised bromide print on card mount, April 1961
NPG x27348

Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield)), by Yevonde - NPG x29833

Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield))

by Yevonde
solarised bromide print on card mount, April 1961
NPG x29833

Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield)), by J.S. Lewinski - NPG x13753

Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield))

by J.S. Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, 1968
NPG x13753

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Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield))

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x23918

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Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield))

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x23919

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Dame Rebecca West (Cicily Isabel Andrews (née Fairfield))

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x23920

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