Djuna Barnes self-portrait


Creator: Barnes, Djuna
Date(s): approximately 1910s
Call Number: GRA 0099, Item 0011
Language: Materials entirely in English.
Abstract: An untitled pen and ink self-portrait of American author and illustartor Djuna Barnes.
Physical Description: 1 item pen and ink on parchment 10.75 x 6.5 inches
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Purchase, December 2016
Processing Information: Processed and encoded by Frank Desiderio, September 2017. Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Biographical and Historical Notes

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,

Scope and Contents

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.

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Shelving Summary

Shelved in Shelved in SPEC GRA manuscript boxes

Access Information

The collection is open for use.

Preferred Citation

GRA 0099, Item 0011, Djuna Barnes self-portrait, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Related Materials

This item forms part of GRA 0099 Miscellaneous Graphic Materials.

Conditions Governing Use

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Container List

Djuna Barnes self-portrait Box 1, Item 0011

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