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John Osborne (1929-1994), Playwright, autobiographer and actor

John James Osborne

Sitter in 21 portraits
Playwright and actor. Osborne burst onto the scene with his controversial first play Look Back in Anger , which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre on 8 May 1956. This seminal work, with its protagonist Jimmy Porter, the 'angry young man', irreversibly changed the course of British drama and put the Court on the map as a home for rebellious young writers. Further plays at the Court included The Entertainer (1957), Epitaph for George Dillon (with Anthony Creighton, 1958) and Inadmissible Evidence (1964).

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4529(258a)

John Osborne

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1950s?
NPG 4529(258a)

4529(258)

John Osborne

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(258)

4529(259)

John Osborne

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(259)

P292

John Osborne

by Daniel Farson
bromide print, 1956
NPG P292

P139

John Osborne

by Bob Willoughby
bromide print, 1957
NPG P139

P1678

John Osborne

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 1957
NPG P1678

6385

John Osborne

by Don Bachardy
pencil, ink and wash, 1968
NPG 6385

x36178

John Osborne

by Georges Maiteny
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x36178

x22192

John Osborne

by Daniel Farson
vintage contact sheet, July 1956
NPG x22192

x14175

John Osborne

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, July 1956
NPG x14175

x32734

John Osborne

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, 1957
NPG x32734

x20115

John Osborne

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, 1957
NPG x20115

x194155

John Osborne; (Eileen) Mary Ure

by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd
vintage print, 13 September 1959
NPG x194155

x13774

John Osborne

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, May 1965
NPG x13774

x28629

John Osborne

by Jane Bown
bromide print on card mount, 1979
NPG x28629

x88236

John Osborne

by Mark Gerson
cibachrome print from original transparency, August 1981
NPG x88236

x20116

John Osborne

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, 1981
NPG x20116

P597

John Osborne

by Irving Penn
platinum palladium print, 1958
NPG P597

x194303

John Osborne

by Douglas Glass, for Paul Popper
vintage print, 1950s
NPG x194303

x137186

John Osborne; (Eileen) Mary Ure

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 1957
NPG x137186