Gift of Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay
Vintage silver print
3 x 2 1/4 in.
Nora Barnacle Joyce (1884-1951) was the wife of novelist James Joyce (1882-1941). Born to a modest family in Galway, Ireland, she met James Joyce in 1904 in Dublin, but the couple did not marry until 1931. Their relationship was famously passionate and the couple was known for exchanging an erotic correspondence when apart.
For most of their lives, Nora and James Joyce were nomads, moving from one European country to the next to flee political instability. Eventually, the couple and their two children settled in Zurich in 1940, where they remained for the rest of their lives.
Berenice Abbott took several portraits of James Joyce in her Paris studio between 1926 and 1930, and at least two of his wife. Although their attitudes appear very similar, Abbott reported that husband and wife posed for her on different occasions.
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