Your very own national portrait gallery

An amazing collection of images of writers, artists and composers goes up for auction at Bonhams on 3 Oct. The Guardian’s James Fenton picks out his favourites here. But I’ll highlight some locally connected lots – Seamus Heaney portrait in oil on canvassTed Hughes, Charles Causley and Seamus Heaney photographed togetherSamuel Beckett [back] portraitphotograph of WB Yeats, with a Joycean connection – not to mention a Shakespeare print from 1685, a photograph of Charles Darwin.. there’s a lot more there.. Decisions, decisions..

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