Novelist and essayist, Huxley’s first novels Crome Yellow (1921) and Those Barren Leaves (1925) are satires on post-war Britain. His 1932 futuristic book Brave New World, became his most famous work, and was the first novel to explore themes of genetic engineering.
Huxley moved to America in the spring of 1937, and this photograph shows him at home at Llano del Rio in California, the site of an abandoned Utopian commune. His time living here inspired publications including the essay Ozymandias, the Desert Utopia that Failed (1956). With the assistance of writer Anita Loos, Huxley also worked as a screen-writer for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, on films including Marie Curie (1938) and Pride and Prejudice (1940).
Platt Lynes opened his studio in New York in 1933, and in 1945 he moved to Los Angeles, to run Vogue magazine’s Hollywood studio. Other subjects by Platt Lynes in the Gallery’s Collection include portraits of Cecil Beaton (1938) and T.S. Eliot (1947).