Richard Burton

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Richard Burton, by Daniel Farson, 1953 - NPG P293 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Richard Burton

by Daniel Farson
bromide print, 1953
10 1/8 in. x 9 1/4 in. (257 mm x 235 mm)
Purchased, 1985
Primary Collection
NPG P293


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  • Daniel Farson (1927-1997), Photographer and writer. Artist of 47 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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Working as a freelancer for Harper's Bazaar, Farson accompanied critic Kenneth Tynan to the Edinburgh Festival to photograph Richard Burton who was appearing in Hamlet. This was Burton's debut as the lead in the Old Vic Company production, starring opposite Claire Bloom. The Welsh-born actor became renowned for his Shakespearean roles before starring in numerous Hollywood films.

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