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Angus McBean (1904-1990), Photographer

Sitter in 79 portraits
Artist of 265 portraits
Began his career in the theatre as mask-maker and scenery designer before turning to full-time theatre photography. McBean is renowned for his theatrical and inventive photography of the 1930s and 1940s. Imitated throughout his career, his influence especially in advertising is still prominent today. In 1935 he opened his own studio; and his prominent style was soon being published in glossy magazines. The Surrealist Exhibition in 1936 was an influence on McBean's theatrical portraits. After the Second World War he opened a larger studio in Covent Garden, and in the 1940s and 1950s was inundated with commissions from theatre companies. In the 1960s McBean photographed the Beatles for their first album.

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P930

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1933
NPG P930

P901

Vivien Leigh; Angus McBean

by John Vickers
bromide print, 1938
NPG P901

P931

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1939?
NPG P931

P932

Angus McBean as Neptune

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1939
NPG P932

P618

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, circa 1940
NPG P618

P933

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1945
NPG P933

P934

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1947
NPG P934

P935

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1948
NPG P935

P936

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1951
NPG P936

P937

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1951?
NPG P937

P938

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1961
NPG P938

P939

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1963
NPG P939

P941

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1983
NPG P941

P942

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1984
NPG P942

Ax183844

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, circa 1930s
NPG Ax183844

Ax183847

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, circa 1930s
NPG Ax183847

Ax183848

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, circa 1930s
NPG Ax183848

Ax183850

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, circa 1930s
NPG Ax183850

Ax183852

Jessica Tandy; Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1930s
NPG Ax183852