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Angus McBean (1904-1990), Photographer

Sitter in 79 portraits
Artist of 266 portraits
Began his career in the theatre as mask-maker and scenery designer before turning to full-time theatre photography. McBean is renowned for his theatrical and inventive photography of the 1930s and 1940s. Imitated throughout his career, his influence especially in advertising is still prominent today. In 1935 he opened his own studio; and his prominent style was soon being published in glossy magazines. The Surrealist Exhibition in 1936 was an influence on McBean's theatrical portraits. After the Second World War he opened a larger studio in Covent Garden, and in the 1940s and 1950s was inundated with commissions from theatre companies. In the 1960s McBean photographed the Beatles for their first album.

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P1302

Sir Bruce Stirling Ingram

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print
NPG P1302

P904

Stefan Lorant

by Angus McBean
bromide print
NPG P904

P906

Walter James Macqueen-Pope

by Angus McBean
bromide print
NPG P906

P930

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1933
NPG P930

P922

Beatrix Lehmann

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1937
NPG P922

P374

Flora Robson

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1938
NPG P374

P917

Frances Day (Frances Victoria Schenk)

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1938
NPG P917

P1300

Mary Ellis

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1938
NPG P1300

P1301

Leslie Lincoln Henson

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1938
NPG P1301

P1307

Luise Rainer

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1938
NPG P1307

P1701

Dorothy Dickson

by Angus McBean
gelatin silver print, 1938
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P1701

P893

Dame Gwen Lucy Ffrangcon-Davies

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1938
NPG P893

P913

Dame Peggy Ashcroft

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1938
NPG P913

P914

Jane Baxter (Feodora Forde)

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1938
NPG P914

P916

Dame Gladys Cooper

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1938
NPG P916

P918

Dorothy Dickson

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1938
NPG P918

P921

Elsa Lanchester

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1938
NPG P921

P923

Margaret Lockwood

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1938
NPG P923

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