9 of 21 portraits of John Osborne
© estate of Daniel Farson / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Daniel Farson
vintage contact sheet, July 1956
8 in. x 10 in. (202 mm x 255 mm) image size
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Sitterback to top
- John James Osborne (1929-1994), Playwright, autobiographer and actor. Sitter in 21 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Daniel Farson (1927-1997), Photographer and writer. Artist of 47 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
This portraitback to top
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.'
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (outside the Royal Court Theatre during the run of 'Look Back in Anger', London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Famous in the Fifties: Photographs by Daniel Farson (19 April 2012 - 16 September 2012)
Events of 1956back to top
Current affairsThe first supermarket opens in Britain. Inspired by the new innovation in America, Jack Cohen opened his first Tesco supermarket in Essex.
The First Clean Air Act is passed in response to the 'Pea Soup' smog over London.
Art and sciencePop Art is seen for the first time in the This is Tomorrow exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery. The exhibition included Richard Hamilton's iconic collage: What is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?
John Osborne's play Look Back in Anger opens at the Royal Court Theatre, introducing the phrase 'Angry young man' to describe the new movement of gritty, post-war realism in literature.