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Djuna Barnes self-portrait


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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Djuna Barnes was an author and illustrator born in New York in 1892. Beginning her career with journalism, she wrote and illustrated stories for various well-known newspapers and magazines. Her illustrations, such as this portrait, were often in the “decadent” style of Aubrey Beardsley. She is known especially for literary works such as

Nightwood, Ryder, and The Antiphon, which are said to have moments resembling Barnes’ life experiences. She died in 1982.

Herring, Phillip. “Barnes, Djuna.” American National Biography Online. 2000, accessed September 20, 2017,

An untitled self-portrait of Djuna Barnes made with pen and ink on parchment.

This framed 10.75 x 6.5 inch portrait is a stylized sketch in the tradition of Aubrey Beardsley. Barnes' head and upper body are visible. A vertical signature "Djuna" is also featured in the top right corner.

This item came from the collection of Hank O'Neal, Barnes' literary agent and assistant during the final few years of her life.

Shelved in Shelved in SPEC GRA manuscript boxes

Purchase, December 2016

Processed and encoded by Frank Desiderio, September 2017.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2017 September 19
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Collection Inventory

Djuna Barnes self-portrait.
Box 1 Item 0011

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