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Terence Rattigan

(1911-1977), Playwright

Sir Terence Rattigan

Sitter in 30 portraits
Rattigan was born in Kensington and educated at Harrow School and Trinity College Oxford, where he joined the University Dramatic Society. A decade after his first critical success, French Without Tears, Rattigan wrote his most celebrated and enduring works: The Winslow Boy (1946), The Browning Version (1948) and The Deep Blue Sea (1952). He was part of a theatrical establishment that came under attack by critic Kenneth Tynan and the Angry Young Men. During the 1960s he worked mainly in film. Knighted in 1971, his last play, Cause Célèbre, opened on 4 July 1977, five months before his death in Bermuda from cancer.

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Terence Rattigan, by Tom Purvis - NPG 5558a

Terence Rattigan

by Tom Purvis
pencil, 1940s
NPG 5558a

Terence Rattigan, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(289)

Terence Rattigan

by Sir David Low
pencil, circa 1950s-1963
NPG 4529(289)

Terence Rattigan, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(286)

Terence Rattigan

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(286)

Terence Rattigan, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(287)

Terence Rattigan

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(287)

Terence Rattigan, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(288)

Terence Rattigan

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(288)

Terence Rattigan, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(290)

Terence Rattigan

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(290)

Terence Rattigan, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(291)

Terence Rattigan

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(291)

Terence Rattigan, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(292)

Terence Rattigan

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(292)

Terence Rattigan, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(293)

Terence Rattigan

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(293)

Terence Rattigan, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P490(66)

Terence Rattigan

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1954
NPG P490(66)

Terence Rattigan, by Catherine Bell - NPG x22203

Terence Rattigan

by Catherine Bell
bromide print, 1937
NPG x22203

Terence Rattigan, by Francis Goodman - NPG Ax39612

Terence Rattigan

by Francis Goodman
bromide contact print, mid-late 1940s
NPG Ax39612

Alfred Lunt; Terence Rattigan; Lynn Fontanne, by Unknown photographer, for  Sport & General Press Agency Ltd - NPG x134903

Alfred Lunt; Terence Rattigan; Lynn Fontanne

by Unknown photographer, for Sport & General Press Agency Ltd
bromide print, November 1944
NPG x134903

Terence Rattigan, by Unknown photographer, for  Sport & General Press Agency Ltd - NPG x134904

Terence Rattigan

by Unknown photographer, for Sport & General Press Agency Ltd
bromide print, November 1944
NPG x134904

Terence Rattigan, by Unknown photographer, for  Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x134902

Terence Rattigan

by Unknown photographer, for Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide print, June 1946
NPG x134902

Terence Rattigan, by James Jarché - NPG x135108

Terence Rattigan

by James Jarché
vintage print, 1948
NPG x135108

Terence Rattigan, by John Gay - NPG x47300

Terence Rattigan

by John Gay
bromide fibre print, published June 1949
NPG x47300

Terence Rattigan, by John Gay - NPG x126525

Terence Rattigan

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1949
NPG x126525

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier; Vivien Leigh; Sir Terence Rattigan, by D.H. White, for  Daily Herald - NPG x136461

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier; Vivien Leigh; Sir Terence Rattigan

by D.H. White, for Daily Herald
vintage press print, 27 September 1953
NPG x136461

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