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Doris Lessing

(1919-2013), Writer; Nobel Prize winner

Doris May Lessing

Sitter in 16 portraits
Writer, Doris Lessing was born in Iran, brought up in Zimbabwe and lived in Britain from 1949 until her death in 2013. Her first novel, The Grass is Singing (1950), was followed by numerous novels, short stories and plays, including her best known work The Golden Notebook (1962), which was adopted by the feminist movement. Her writings touched on diverse themes from race politics, colonialism and communism to gender and science fiction. She was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature and her final book Alfred and Emily was published in 2008.

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Doris Lessing, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P823

Doris Lessing

by Lord Snowdon
vintage bromide print, 25 February 1992
NPG P823

Doris Lessing, by Leonard William McComb - NPG 6516

Doris Lessing

by Leonard William McComb
oil on canvas, 1999
NPG 6516

Doris Lessing, by Leonard William McComb - NPG 6517(1)

Doris Lessing

by Leonard William McComb
pencil, 1999
NPG 6517(1)

Doris Lessing, by Leonard William McComb - NPG 6517(2)

Doris Lessing

by Leonard William McComb
oil on canvas, 1999
NPG 6517(2)

Doris Lessing, by Ida Kar - NPG x88537

Doris Lessing

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, early 1950s
NPG x88537

Doris Lessing, by Ida Kar - NPG x127281

Doris Lessing

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, early 1950s
NPG x127281

Doris Lessing, by Mark Gerson - NPG x88216

Doris Lessing

by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, April 1956
NPG x88216

Doris Lessing, by Ida Kar - NPG x132971

Doris Lessing

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, late 1950s
NPG x132971

Doris Lessing, by Ida Kar - NPG x134001

Doris Lessing

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, late 1950s
NPG x134001

Doris Lessing, by Roger Mayne - NPG x4062

Doris Lessing

by Roger Mayne
bromide print on card mount, 1959
NPG x4062

Doris Lessing, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x166012

Doris Lessing

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 5 December 1969
NPG x166012

Doris Lessing, by Marianne Majerus - NPG x76517

Doris Lessing

by Marianne Majerus
bromide fibre print, 1984
NPG x76517

Doris Lessing, by Granville Davies - NPG x31037

Doris Lessing

by Granville Davies
bromide fibre print, May 1988
NPG x31037

Doris Lessing, by Ben Murphy - NPG x88071

Doris Lessing

by Ben Murphy
C-type colour print, March 1999
NPG x88071

Doris Lessing, by Reme Campos - NPG x138156

Doris Lessing

by Reme Campos
C-type colour print, Published 20 April 2008
NPG x138156

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Doris Lessing

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, April 1956
NPG x17968

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