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Henry Havelock Ellis

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Psychologist, physician and pioneer in the scientific study of sex, Ellis was an advocate of sex education, birth control and women's suffrage. The first volume in his seven-volume series, Studies in the Psychology of Sex (1897–1928) was banned in Britain and published in the United States. This portrait depicts Havelock Ellis in his writing studio, adjoining the cottage at Carbis Bay, Cornwall where he and his wife Edith spent their winters during the 1890s.

National Portrait Gallery, London


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    58.3 x 61 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    Bequeathed by François Lafitte, 2003


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