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Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), Novelist.

Bell's portrait was commenced in 1931. It depicts Huxley on the eve of his emergence as an author of the first rank, and in the midst of his association with the Bloomsbury circle. As an undergraduate he had begun to write poetry and short stories and began to frequent Garsington Manor, home of Lady Ottoline Morrell. It was there that he met the Sitwells, Lytton Strachey, Maynard Keynes, Roger Fry and others associated with Bloomsbury. Around the time Bell was working on the portrait, Huxley was also sitting for Fry who encouraged Bell to use, in her work, the new Maroger medium. This medium accounts for the work's slightly oily surface quality....

c. 1931
Oil on canvas
711.0 x 560.0mm
NPG 6717
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