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Jan Morris

(1926-2020), Journalist, author and historian

Sitter in 3 portraits
Jan Morris was an acclaimed journalist, writer and historian. One of her most critically acclaimed works was the epic trilogy Pax Britannica (1968-78), about the rise and fall of the British Empire. Other works included cultural histories and portraits of cities, including Venice (1960), Oxford (1965) and Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere (2001). She first came to public attention in 1953 as James Morris, the reporter who climbed 22,000 feet up Mount Everest and broke the news that a British expedition had conquered the mountain. In 1974, she wrote a landmark memoir, Conundrum, which chronicled her transition to living openly as a trans woman.

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Jan Morris, by Arturo Di Stefano - NPG 6722

Jan Morris

by Arturo Di Stefano
oil on canvas, 2004-2005
On display in Room 28 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6722

'Work in Progress',  - NPG 7145

'Work in Progress'

acrylic on paper collaged on panels, 2021-2022
On display in Room 33 on Floor 0 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7145

Jan Morris; Twm Morys, by Richard Whitehead - NPG x76899

Jan Morris; Twm Morys

by Richard Whitehead
selenium-toned bromide print, 1994
NPG x76899

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