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Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad ('V.S.') Naipaul

(1932-), Novelist

Sitter in 5 portraits
Nobel Prize-winning writer, Naipaul, of Indian descent, was born in Trinidad. He graduated from Oxford University in 1953 where he also met his future wife Patricia Ann Hale who graduated in the same year. The couple moved to London and were married the following year. His first novel The Mystic Masseur (1957) was followed by A House for Mr Biswas (1961). Naipaul's literary themes include exile and displacement; he won the Booker Prize with In a Free State in 1971. A prolific writer, he has published over thirty books during his literary career spanning over five decades. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.

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V.S. Naipaul, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P832

V.S. Naipaul

by Lord Snowdon
vintage bromide print, 16 July 1979
NPG P832

V.S. Naipaul, by Paul Emsley - NPG 6875

V.S. Naipaul

by Paul Emsley
oil on canvas, 2009
On display in Room 38 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6875

V.S. Naipaul, by Derry Moore, 12th Earl of Drogheda - NPG x126965

V.S. Naipaul

by Derry Moore, 12th Earl of Drogheda
bromide fibre print, 1972
NPG x126965

V.S. Naipaul, by David Harrison - NPG x76055

V.S. Naipaul

by David Harrison
C-type colour print, 1994
NPG x76055

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V.S. Naipaul

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1976
NPG x22450

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