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P.D. James

(1920-2014), Writer and public servant

Phyllis Dorothy ('P.D.') James, Baroness James of Holland Park

Sitter in 9 portraits
Author and former civil servant, James was appointed Principal in the Home Office (1968) and served with the Police Department (1968-72) and Criminal Policy Department (1972-79). A governor of the BBC (1988-1993) and writer of crime fiction, James created the detective Adam Dalgliesh, protagonist of many works including Shroud for a Nightingale (1971), The Black Tower (1975) and Devices and Desires (1989), all of which have been televised. Another novel, Original Sin was published in 1994. She was created Baroness in 1991.

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P.D. James, by Nick Sinclair - NPG P563(23)

P.D. James

by Nick Sinclair
bromide print, 1992
NPG P563(23)

P.D. James, by Miriam Reik - NPG x34105

P.D. James

by Miriam Reik
cibachrome print, 1980s
NPG x34105

P.D. James, by Dudley Reed - NPG x32170

P.D. James

by Dudley Reed
bromide print on card mount, 1983
NPG x32170

P.D. James, by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies - NPG x35164

P.D. James

by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies
bromide fibre print, 1990
NPG x35164

P.D. James, by Mark Gerson - NPG x88233

P.D. James

by Mark Gerson
cibachrome print from original transparency, December 1993
NPG x88233

P.D. James, by David Harrison - NPG x76442

P.D. James

by David Harrison
bromide fibre print, 1995
NPG x76442

P.D. James, by Nicola Kurtz - NPG x126024

P.D. James

by Nicola Kurtz
bromide fibre print, December 2001
NPG x126024

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P.D. James

by Spencer Murphy
chromogenic print
NPG x199779



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