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Richard Burton (1925-1984), Actor

Sitter in 11 portraits
The Welsh-born Burton made a name for himself as a classical actor in the West End and Stratford in the early 1950s before being lured to Hollywood. He is best remembered for the brooding realism he brought to his performances in the film of John Osborne's play Look Back in Anger (1959) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) in which he played opposite his wife Elizabeth Taylor. Also appeared in The Spy Who came in from the Cold (1965) and Equus (1977).

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Richard Burton

by Daniel Farson
bromide print, 1953
NPG P293


Richard Burton

by Daniel Farson
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x135680


Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, October 1963
NPG x137670


'Liz Taylor cuts Burton's hair'

for London Express News and Feature Services
bromide press print, March 1964
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x139881


Richard Burton; Dame Elizabeth Taylor

by Terry O'Neill
bromide fibre print, 1971
NPG x126133


Richard Burton

by Bob Willoughby
bromide print
NPG x18492


Richard Burton

by Irving Penn
bromide print, 1950
NPG P589


Avis Scott as Nora McCabe Richard Burton as Ben Satterthwaite in 'Waterfront'

by Ian Jeayes
photogravure reproduction tear sheet, published 12 April 1950
NPG x193392


Richard Burton in 'Look Back in Anger'

by Bob Penn
bromide print, 1959
NPG x27865