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Edna O'Brien, by Fay Godwin, 1972 - NPG x12938 - © estate of Fay Godwin / British Library / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Edna O'Brien

by Fay Godwin
bromide print, 1972
6 1/4 in. x 8 1/2 in. (158 mm x 216 mm)
Given by Fay Godwin, 1980
Photographs Collection
NPG x12938

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  • Edna O'Brien (1930-), Novelist, short story writer and playwright. Sitter in 9 portraits.

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  • Fay Godwin (1931-2005), Photographer. Artist of 48 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Britain joins the European Community. After two attempts both vetoed by President Charles De Gaulle of France, Britain is finally accepted into the EC under the pro-European leadership of Edward Heath.
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Black September Palestinian terrorists murder 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich.

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Geraint Richard Hall

30 August 2016, 20:22

Edna O'Brien at the Hamet Gallery, London, summer 1972. This photograph by Fay Godwin shows the Irish author standing beside a painting by Clifford Hall (1904-1973) called 'On the shore', which was exhibited at the last show of the artist's pictures to be held while he was still alive, in June '72. Ms O'brien purchased a painting from this exhibition and another from Hall's previous show at the Ansdell Gallery, London, in 1970.

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