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Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Playwright

Samuel Barclay Beckett

Sitter in 40 portraits
Born in Dublin Beckett studied modern European Literature at Trinity College, Dublin (1923-1927). From 1932 he lived mainly in Paris becoming closely associated with James Joyce. His plays and novels, mostly written first in French, deliver a reductive view of human existence, and have been internationally influential. They include the novel trilogy Molloy (1951), Malone Dies (1951) and The Unnamable (1953), and the plays Waiting for Godot (premiered in Paris in 1953 and first staged in London in 1955), Endgame (1957), Krapp's Last Tape(1959), Happy Days (1961) and Not I(1973). Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969.

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P721

Samuel Beckett

by Henri Cartier-Bresson
bromide print, 1964
NPG P721

P1323

Samuel Beckett

by Dmitri Kasterine
modern bromide print from an original negative, 2009 (1965)
NPG P1323

5100

Samuel Beckett

by Avigdor Arikha
graphite on primed brown paper, 1971
NPG 5100

P373

Samuel Beckett

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 1976
NPG P373

P157

Samuel Beckett

by Paul Joyce
platinum print, 1979
NPG P157

6467

Samuel Beckett

by Tom Phillips
coloured lithograph, 1984
NPG 6467

x88866

Samuel Beckett

by Peter Keen
bromide print, early 1960s
NPG x88866

x137676

Samuel Barclay Beckett

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, May 1961
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x137676

x136874

'Encore Magazine' (Samuel Barclay Beckett)

by Jerry Bauer
magazine cover, 1962
NPG x136874

x29010

Samuel Beckett

by John Minihan
cibachrome print, 1980
NPG x29010

x28989

Samuel Beckett

by John Minihan
resin print, 1980
NPG x28989

x32122

Samuel Beckett

by John Minihan
resin print, 1980
NPG x32122

x28990

Samuel Beckett

by John Minihan
resin print, 1980
NPG x28990

x31097

Samuel Beckett

by Hugo Jehle
bromide print, circa 1981
NPG x31097

x29012

Samuel Beckett

by John Minihan
resin print, 1982
NPG x29012

x33599

Samuel Beckett

by John Minihan
cibachrome print, 1984
NPG x33599

x28996

Samuel Beckett

by John Minihan
resin print, 1984
NPG x28996

x28998

Samuel Beckett

by John Minihan
resin print, 1984
NPG x28998

x29001

Samuel Beckett

by John Minihan
resin print, 1984
NPG x29001

x28997

Samuel Beckett

by John Minihan
resin print, 1984
NPG x28997