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Aldous Huxley

(1894-1963), Novelist

Sitter in 114 portraits
Huxley was arguably Britain's best-known novelist of the inter-war years. His reputation followed the success of Brave New World (1932), which, set 500 years in the future, conjured a nightmare vision of an overpopulated society that has resorted to biological engineering. It followed a string of satirical works: Crome Yellow (1921), Antic Hay (1923) and Those Barren Leaves (1925). Huxley later moved to the USA, where, partly due to interest in Hindu Vedantist ideas, his writing turned to pacifism, metaphysics and the potential of human capability. This plays out in Ends and Means (1937) and the autobiographical The Doors of Perception (1953), written under the influence of the hallucinogenic drug mescaline.

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Aldous Huxley, by Fred Stein - NPG x199080

Aldous Huxley

by Fred Stein
modern archival print, 1950
NPG x199080

Aldous Huxley, by John Gay - NPG x126646

Aldous Huxley

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG x126646

Aldous Huxley, by John Gay - NPG x126647

Aldous Huxley

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG x126647

Aldous Huxley, by John Gay - NPG x126648

Aldous Huxley

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG x126648

Aldous Huxley, by John Gay - NPG x126649

Aldous Huxley

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG x126649

Aldous Huxley, by John Gay - NPG x126650

Aldous Huxley

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG x126650

Aldous Huxley, by John Gay - NPG x126651

Aldous Huxley

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG x126651

Aldous Huxley, by John Gay - NPG x126652

Aldous Huxley

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG x126652

Aldous Huxley, by John Gay - NPG x126653

Aldous Huxley

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG x126653

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky and Aldous Huxley, by Sanford H. Roth - NPG Ax105834

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky and Aldous Huxley

by Sanford H. Roth
halftone reproduction, published 15 February 1953
NPG Ax105834

Sir Julian Huxley; Aldous Huxley, by Wolfgang Suschitzky - NPG x12105

Sir Julian Huxley; Aldous Huxley

by Wolfgang Suschitzky
gelatin silver print, October 1958
NPG x12105

Aldous Huxley, by Wolfgang Suschitzky - NPG x12106

Aldous Huxley

by Wolfgang Suschitzky
gelatin silver print, October 1958
NPG x12106

Aldous Huxley, by Wolfgang Suschitzky - NPG x12107

Aldous Huxley

by Wolfgang Suschitzky
gelatin silver print, October 1958
NPG x12107

Aldous Huxley, by Ida Kar - NPG x131072

Aldous Huxley

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG x131072

Aldous Huxley, by Ida Kar - NPG x131073

Aldous Huxley

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG x131073

Aldous Huxley, by Ida Kar - NPG x131074

Aldous Huxley

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG x131074

Aldous Huxley, after Howard Coster - NPG D42402

Aldous Huxley

after Howard Coster
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42402

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Aldous Huxley

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1930
NPG x13459

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Aldous Huxley

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1930
NPG x29490

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Aldous Huxley

by and copied by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 18 May 1976 (29 September 1931)
NPG x173598

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Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x10889

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Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x10890

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Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x10891

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Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x10892

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Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x10893

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Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x10894

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Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x10895

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Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x10896

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Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x10897

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Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x10898

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Aldous Huxley

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1936
NPG x40210

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Aldous Huxley

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1936
NPG x40211

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