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Jean Rhys

(1890-1979), Novelist and writer

Jean Rhys (Ella Gwendoline Rees Williams)

Sitter in 3 portraits
Novelist, born in the West Indies to a Creole mother and Welsh doctor father. Educated in Dominica and moved to London in 1910 to train at RADA. Whilst living in Paris she met writers including Hemingway, Joyce and Ford Madox Ford, who encouraged her writing. Now best known for her 1966 novel Wide Sargasso Sea, based on characters created in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.

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Jean Rhys, by Paul Joyce - NPG x13419

Jean Rhys

by Paul Joyce
bromide print on card mount, July 1977
NPG x13419

Jean Rhys, by Paul Joyce - NPG x13437

Jean Rhys

by Paul Joyce
cibachrome print, July 1977
NPG x13437

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Jean Rhys (Mrs Jean Hamer)

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1975
NPG x22468

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