3 June 2008

Lionel Britton: Portrait of the Writer as a Young Man

This is the earliest known photo of the working-class writer Lionel Britton, when he was in his twenties. The bizarre thing is that he is wearing a tie and what appears to be a three-piece suit: Britton later shunned formal wear for an open-neck shirt, shorts, plimsolls, and an uncombed mop of hair.

Many thanks to Jane Matthews and Robert Hughes for making possible the publication of this image.

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