Harley Granville-Barker

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Harley Granville-Barker, probably by James Craig Annan, for  T. & R. Annan & Sons, 1910 - NPG x128078 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Harley Granville-Barker

probably by James Craig Annan, for T. & R. Annan & Sons
sepia platinum print on photographer's card mount, 1910
6 1/8 in. x 8 1/2 in. (157 mm x 215 mm)
Photographs Collection
NPG x128078


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  • Harley Granville-Barker (1877-1946), Actor, producer, dramatist and critic. Sitter in 29 portraits, Artist associated with 2 portraits.

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Granville-Barker did much to form a new style of presentation of Shakespeare through experimental productions held at the Savoy Theatre between 1912 and 1914. In his Midsummer Night's Dream (1914) the fairies were slightly sinister, dressed in gold and moved against purple and green draperies. Granville-Barker wrote his major Shakespeare criticism Prefaces to Shakespeare between 1924 and 1946. In the introduction he wrote, 'All great drama tends to concentrate upon character... not upon picturing men as they show themselves... but on the hidden man'.

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