A 13th-Century Portrait of C. S. Lewis
In a letter of April 1924 to his father, C. S. Lewis wrote:
“Aunt Lily ... presented me with a print of an old picture,
‘St Francis preaching before Pope Honorious’ because,
she said, the Pope was a portrait of me.”
(27 April 1924, Collected Letters vol. I, p. 627)
“It is not one of her fads,” Lewis added, “for I do really see the likeness myself.
I suppose nature has only a limited number of faces to use after all.”
The two Lewis portraits are details from photos taken in 1917 (right) and 1919 (left).
The portrait of Pope Honorius III (1216-1227) is a detail from a fresco made at the end
of the 13th century by Giotto di Bondone in the Basilica di San Francesco d’Assisi,