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Dame Margaret Drabble (Lady Holroyd)

(1939-), Novelist and critic

Sitter in 9 portraits
Drabble published her first novel, A Summer Birdcage, in 1963. Her early works describe the life of young women and the conflict between motherhood and intellectual challenges. They include The Waterfall (1969), The Needle's Eye (1972) and The Ice Age (1977). In reviewing The Needle’s Eye, author Joyce Carol Oates wrote ‘the houses in which people live are furnished, created in scrupulous and loving detail by Miss Drabble, who knows very well ... things are … the expression of our selves’. Drabble is also the author of studies of Wordsworth (1966) and Arnold Bennett (1974) and edited the 1984 edition of the Oxford Companion to English Literature.

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Dame Margaret Drabble, by Dmitri Kasterine - NPG P1326

Dame Margaret Drabble

by Dmitri Kasterine
modern bromide print from original negative, 2009, based on a work of 1976
NPG P1326

Dame Margaret Drabble, by Mark Gerson - NPG x88208

Dame Margaret Drabble

by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, July 1964
NPG x88208

Dame Margaret Drabble, by Nicholas Elder - NPG x4110

Dame Margaret Drabble

by Nicholas Elder
bromide print, 1973
NPG x4110

Dame Margaret Drabble, by Mayotte Magnus - NPG x18611

Dame Margaret Drabble

by Mayotte Magnus
bromide print, May 1976
On display on the end wall of Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x18611

Dame Margaret Drabble, by Jane Bown - NPG x31077

Dame Margaret Drabble

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 1980
NPG x31077

Dame Margaret Drabble, by Sam Green - NPG x126276

Dame Margaret Drabble

by Sam Green
digital C-type colour print, 2 February 2003
NPG x126276

Dame Margaret Drabble, by Paul Stuart - NPG x200072

Dame Margaret Drabble

by Paul Stuart
bromide fibre print, 2016
NPG x200072

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Dame Margaret Drabble

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, July 1964
NPG x13368

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