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Howard Coster

(1885-1959), Photographer

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist associated with 9343 portraits
Howard Coster was born in London on 27 April 1885. He was introduced to photography through his uncle who owned a photographic studio where Coster worked before he moved to South Africa to try his hand at farming. After serving in the RAF during the war he worked in a studio in South Africa where he met his future wife Joan Burr, who was also a photographer. In 1926 they moved London and opened a studio on Essex Street. Coster quickly received commissions and began to use the credit line 'Coster, Photographer of Men'. Over the next twenty years he photographed most of the leading figures in politics, literature and the arts and his work was frequently published in magazines. The National Portrait Gallery holds around 8,000 negatives, 2,000 prints, 12 albums and archive material from the Coster studio and in 1985 held a retrospective of Coster’s work.

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Hilda Matheson, by Howard Coster - NPG P1384

Hilda Matheson

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1920s
NPG P1384

Hilda Matheson, by Howard Coster - NPG P1385

Hilda Matheson

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1920s
NPG P1385

G.K. Chesterton, by Howard Coster - NPG P713

G.K. Chesterton

by Howard Coster
toned semi-matt print, 1926
NPG P713

Aldous Huxley, by Howard Coster - NPG P714

Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
vintage chlorobromide print, 1934
NPG P714

Vera Brittain, by Howard Coster - NPG P712

Vera Brittain

by Howard Coster
chlorobromide lustre print, 1936
NPG P712

Norman Wilkinson, by Howard Coster - NPG x24526

Norman Wilkinson

by Howard Coster
half-plate nitrate negative, 1920s
NPG x24526

Verney L. Danvers, by Howard Coster - NPG x11215

Verney L. Danvers

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1920s
NPG x11215

Verney L. Danvers, by Howard Coster - NPG x11216

Verney L. Danvers

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1920s
NPG x11216

Verney L. Danvers, by Howard Coster - NPG x11217

Verney L. Danvers

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1920s
NPG x11217

Verney L. Danvers, by Howard Coster - NPG x11218

Verney L. Danvers

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1920s
NPG x11218

Verney L. Danvers, by Howard Coster - NPG x11219

Verney L. Danvers

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1920s
NPG x11219

Sir (Edward) Seymour Hicks, by Howard Coster - NPG x20998

Sir (Edward) Seymour Hicks

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1920s
NPG x20998

Sir (Edward) Seymour Hicks, by Howard Coster - NPG x20999

Sir (Edward) Seymour Hicks

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1920s
NPG x20999

Sir (Edward) Seymour Hicks, by Howard Coster - NPG x21000

Sir (Edward) Seymour Hicks

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1920s
NPG x21000

J.B. Priestley, by Howard Coster - NPG Ax2243

J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
toned bromide print on flock paper, 1926
NPG Ax2243

Gerald William Bullett, by Howard Coster - NPG Ax2244

Gerald William Bullett

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1926
NPG Ax2244

G.K. Chesterton, by Howard Coster - NPG Ax2260

G.K. Chesterton

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1926
NPG Ax2260

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