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Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger

© Miriam Reik

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Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger

by Miriam Reik
bromide fibre print, 1980s
10 1/2 in. x 8 5/8 in. (266 mm x 218 mm)
Purchased, 1989
Photographs Collection
NPG x34103

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  • Miriam Reik (1949-), Photographer. Artist of 17 portraits.

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Eric Watkins

30 October 2017, 05:47

This is a very accurate portrait of Thesiger, who was my friend for 20 years. Regrettably, the photo does not make evident the portrait of Thesiger that hangs behind him. It is the portrait that appears on the dust jacket of his autobiography, The Life of My Choice.

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