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St John Greer Ervine (1883-1971), Playwright and writer

Sitter in 16 portraits
A clerk in a Belfast insurance office from seventeen, Ervine joined the Fabian Society and began to write, first for newspapers and then for the theatre. His first full-length play, Mixed Marriage, an exposé of Ulster sectarianism, was produced at the Abbey Theatre in 1911. He left Ireland in 1915, moving to London, where he built a reputation as a writer of drawing-room comedies, such as Anthony and Anna (1925), and The First Mrs Fraser (1929). Ervine returned to themes of Ulster in 1936 with one of his most popular plays, Boyd's Shop. As well as plays, he wrote a number of novels and biographies, including a study of his idol, George Bernard Shaw (1956).

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2049

St John Greer Ervine

by Theodore Spicer-Simson
plasticine medallion, circa 1922
NPG 2049

4529(123)

St John Greer Ervine

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1927
NPG 4529(123)

6370

The Critics

by Edward John Burra
ink, 1932
NPG 6370

x94121

St John Greer Ervine

by Walter Benington, for Elliott & Fry
chlorobromide print, 1931-1932
NPG x94121

x11758

St John Greer Ervine

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11758

x11759

St John Greer Ervine

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11759

x11760

St John Greer Ervine

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11760

x11761

St John Greer Ervine

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11761

x11762

St John Greer Ervine

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11762

x11763

St John Greer Ervine

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11763

x11764

St John Greer Ervine

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11764

x11765

St John Greer Ervine

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11765

x11766

St John Greer Ervine

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11766

x11767

St John Greer Ervine

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11767

x11768

St John Greer Ervine

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x11768

x82236

St John Greer Ervine

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, 1948
NPG x82236

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