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Kenneth Peacock Tynan (1927-1980), Writer and critic

Sitter in 19 portraits
Theatre critic. Born in Birmingham, the illegitimate son of a Midlands magnate, Tynan won a scholarship to Oxford from King Edward's School. He began his career with the Evening Standard. From 1954 to 1963 he wrote for the Observer, championing dramatists such as Osborne, Wesker, and Delaney, and the poetic drama of Eliot and Fry. He popularised Brecht and the Theatre of the Absurd in the work of Simpson and Beckett. A socialist and campaigner for nuclear disarmament, Tynan took on the Lord Chamberlain's Office in its role as theatre censor, notably with his revue Oh! Calcutta! (1969). He was the first literary manager of the National Theatre.

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Kenneth Peacock Tynan

by Brenda Bury
oil on canvas, 1963
NPG 5692

P955

Kenneth Peacock Tynan

by David Bailey
bromide print, November 1968
NPG P955

x25197

Kenneth Peacock Tynan

by Daniel Farson
semi-matte bromide print, 1950s
NPG x25197

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Kenneth Peacock Tynan with his daughter Tracy Tynan

by Elsbeth R. Juda
archival digital print, 1953
NPG x132540

x40492

Cecil Beaton; Kenneth Peacock Tynan

by Paul Tanqueray
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x40492

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Cecil Beaton; Kenneth Peacock Tynan

by Paul Tanqueray
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x40491

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Cecil Beaton; Kenneth Peacock Tynan

by Paul Tanqueray
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x40490

x40489

Kenneth Peacock Tynan; Cecil Beaton

by Paul Tanqueray
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x40489

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Cecil Beaton; Kenneth Peacock Tynan

by Paul Tanqueray
vintage bromide print, 1953
NPG x40488

x14225

Kenneth Peacock Tynan

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, circa 1956
NPG x14225

x125499

Kenneth Peacock Tynan

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, late 1950s
NPG x125499

x125500

Kenneth Peacock Tynan

by Ida Kar
vintage contact sheet, late 1950s
NPG x125500

x125501

Kenneth Peacock Tynan

by Ida Kar
vintage contact sheet, late 1950s
NPG x125501

x125502

Kenneth Peacock Tynan

by Ida Kar
vintage contact sheet, late 1950s
NPG x125502

x137290

Kenneth Peacock Tynan, Nicol Williamson

by Jurgen Schadeberg
silver print, 1968
NPG x137290

x137293

Kenneth Peacock Tynan; Harold Pinter

by Jurgen Schadeberg
silver print, 1968
NPG x137293

x22487

Kenneth Peacock Tynan

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1951
NPG x22487

x138120

Kenneth Peacock Tynan

by Louise Dahl-Wolfe
photogravure reproduction tear sheet, published April 1954
NPG x138120

x166046

Kenneth Peacock Tynan

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 5 February 1969
NPG x166046