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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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St John Greer Ervine, by Theodore Spicer-Simson - NPG 2049

St John Greer Ervine

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

St John Greer Ervine, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(123)

St John Greer Ervine

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

The Critics, by Edward John Burra - NPG 6370

The Critics

by Edward John Burra
ink, 1932
NPG 6370

St John Greer Ervine, by Walter Benington, for  Elliott & Fry - NPG x94121

St John Greer Ervine

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

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St John Greer Ervine

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

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St John Greer Ervine

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

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St John Greer Ervine

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

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St John Greer Ervine

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

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St John Greer Ervine

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

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St John Greer Ervine

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

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St John Greer Ervine

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

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St John Greer Ervine

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

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St John Greer Ervine

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

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St John Greer Ervine

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

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St John Greer Ervine

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

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St John Greer Ervine

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

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