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George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Playwright

Sitter in 142 portraits
Artist associated with 8 portraits
Playwright; one of the literary giants of the modern period, whose writings span a vast spectrum of subjects and ideas; an active Fabian socialist, Shaw's influence was felt in politics and society at large; during the eighties and nineties he wrote important musical and dramatic criticism, introduced the British public to the work of Ibsen, and wrote some of his best plays. Successful seasons at the Royal Court Theatre (1904-7) established Shaw's reputation and many of his plays, including Majora Barbara (1905) and Pygmalion (1914) later reached wider audiences as popular films. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.

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3510

George Bernard Shaw

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3510

3511

George Bernard Shaw

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3511

3512

George Bernard Shaw

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3512

3604

George Bernard Shaw

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3604

4229

George Bernard Shaw

by Sir (John) Bernard Partridge
watercolour, 1894
NPG 4229

P113

George Bernard Shaw

by Frederick Henry Evans
platinum print, 1896
NPG P113

P1131

George Bernard Shaw

by James Craig Annan
sepia platinotype, 1910
NPG P1131

P1292(20)

Beatrice Webb; George Bernard Shaw

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1919
NPG P1292(20)

4228

George Bernard Shaw

by Sir (John) Bernard Partridge
watercolour, circa 1925
NPG 4228

4047

George Bernard Shaw

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1934
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4047

P871(5)

George Bernard Shaw

by Madame Yevonde
Vivex colour print on black card mount, 1937
NPG P871(5)

P490(69)

George Bernard Shaw

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1943
NPG P490(69)

P490(70)

George Bernard Shaw

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1943
NPG P490(70)

6891

George Bernard Shaw

by Clare Winsten (Clara Birnberg)
pencil on paper laid on board, 1949
NPG 6891

x19645

George Bernard Shaw

by Sir Emery Walker
quarter-plate glass negative, 1888
NPG x19645

x19647

George Bernard Shaw

by Sir Emery Walker
glass negative, 1888
NPG x19647

x19648

George Bernard Shaw

by Sir Emery Walker
half-plate glass negative, 1888
NPG x19648

x19646

George Bernard Shaw

by Sir Emery Walker
quarter-plate glass negative, 1888
NPG x19646

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