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Sir Kingsley William Amis

(1922-1995), Novelist

Sitter in 31 portraits
Born in London and educated at Oxford, Amis combined writing with lecturing English at Swansea (1949-61), Cambridge (1961-3) and later in the USA. His first novel Lucky Jim (1954), a satire on academic, middle-class life, was an immediate success and linked him to other so-called Angry Young Men. Later novels include Take a Girl Like You (1960), Jake’s Thing (1978) and the Booker prize-winning The Old Devils (1986). Despite the contemporary nature of his work, Amis took an increasingly conservative and acerbic view of life. At Cambridge he began a relationship with the writer Elizabeth Jane Howard, which caused a split from his family, though his son Martin Amis later credited her with encouraging his writing.

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Sir Kingsley Amis, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x163585

Sir Kingsley Amis

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 3 March 1970
NPG x163585

Pat Kavanagh; Kingsley Amis, by Angela Gorgas - NPG x133014

Pat Kavanagh; Kingsley Amis

by Angela Gorgas
modern bromide print from original negative, 1978
NPG x133014

Kingsley Amis, by Mark Gerson - NPG x25204

Kingsley Amis

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, 1985
NPG x25204

Kingsley Amis, by Trevor Leighton - NPG x30331

Kingsley Amis

by Trevor Leighton
bromide fibre print, November 1987
NPG x30331

Kingsley Amis, by Polly Borland - NPG x75857

Kingsley Amis

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, 1994 or before
NPG x75857

Kingsley Amis; Martin Amis, by Michael Frith - NPG D198

Kingsley Amis; Martin Amis

by Michael Frith
watercolour heightened with gouache, 1988
NPG D198

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Kingsley Amis

by John Deakin
bromide print, 1955
NPG x68300

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Kingsley Amis

by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, June 1957
NPG x5157

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