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John Osborne

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John Osborne, by Daniel Farson, July 1956 - NPG x22192 - © estate of Daniel Farson / National Portrait Gallery, London

© estate of Daniel Farson / National Portrait Gallery, London

John Osborne

by Daniel Farson
vintage contact sheet, July 1956
8 in. x 10 in. (202 mm x 255 mm) image size
Purchased, 1985
Photographs Collection
NPG x22192


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  • John James Osborne (1929-1994), Playwright, autobiographer and actor. Sitter in 21 portraits.

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

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Osborne's first play Look Back in Anger (1956) staged at the Royal Court Theatre became a seminal work, changing the course of British theatre. Farson, who had become friends with Colin Wilson, author of The Outsider was inspired to write about literature's Post-War Generation for the Daily Mail, 'In the theatre, this cynical post-war type is exemplified by John Osborne's angry young man Jimmy Porter.' Osborne told Farson why he thought the play had caused such controversy, 'it's about real people and audiences aren't used to seeing that.'

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