12 of 21 portraits of John Osborne
© Mark Gerson / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Mark Gerson
bromide print, 1957
8 3/4 in. x 7 1/2 in. (222 mm x 191 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- John James Osborne (1929-1994), Playwright, autobiographer and actor. Sitter in 21 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Mark Gerson (1921-), Photographer. Artist associated with 276 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
Events of 1957back to top
Current affairsHarold Macmillan takes over as Conservative prime minister, manoeuvring Eden out of power after his poor handling of the Suez Crisis the previous year.
The Wolfenden Report recommends that homosexuality should no longer be a criminal offence. It still took ten years, however, before any changes were made to the law on homosexuality with the Sexual Offences Act in 1967.