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Sir Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934), Playwright
Sitter in 21 portraits
Sir Arthur Wing Pinero was a leading playwright of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. Born into an English family descended from Portuguese Jews, Pinero abandoned legal studies at nineteen to become an actor. His first play, £200 a Year, was produced in 1877. His best farces, such as The Magistrate (1885), The Schoolmistress (1886) and Dandy Dick (1887), were written for the Royal Court Theatre in London. It was his play The Second Mrs. Tanqueray (1893) that established Pinero as an important playwright. It was serious and yet sentimental, and was the first of several plays he wrote that depicted women battling with the strictures of Victorian society.