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Ivor Brown (1891-1974), Drama critic and writer

Sitter associated with 10 portraits
After leaving university, Brown was a conscientious objector in World War I. He worked for the Manchester Guardian from 1919 until 1935. His reaction to experimental theatre after the war made him, according to one critic, 'the most influential and perceptive voice in British dramatic criticism'. Brown's relationship with the Observer started in 1929 and he was the paper's editor from 1942 until 1948. His writing included editorials and sports columns but drama criticism was his speciality. He published numerous books, including Dickens in His Time, Shakespeare, Shakespeare in His Time, How Shakespeare Spent the Day, The Way of My World, Chosen Words and Shaw in His Time.

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6370

The Critics

by Edward John Burra
ink, 1932
NPG 6370

P57

Ivor Brown

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1949
NPG P57

x24037

Ivor Brown

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1940
NPG x24037

x3226

Ivor Brown

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940
NPG x3226

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Ivor Brown

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940
NPG x3227

D33415

Ivor Brown

by Powys Evans
pencil, 1920s
NPG D33415

x3228

Ivor Brown

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940
NPG x3228

x3229

Ivor Brown

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940
NPG x3229

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Ivor Brown

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940
NPG x3230

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Ivor Brown

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940
NPG x3231

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