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John Osborne

(1929-1994), Playwright, autobiographer and actor

John James Osborne

Sitter in 21 portraits
Playwright and actor. Osborne burst onto the scene with his controversial first play Look Back in Anger , which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre on 8 May 1956. This seminal work, with its protagonist Jimmy Porter, the 'angry young man', irreversibly changed the course of British drama and put the Court on the map as a home for rebellious young writers. Further plays at the Court included The Entertainer (1957), Epitaph for George Dillon (with Anthony Creighton, 1958) and Inadmissible Evidence (1964).

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John Osborne, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(258a)

John Osborne

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1950s?
NPG 4529(258a)

John Osborne, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(258)

John Osborne

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(258)

John Osborne, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(259)

John Osborne

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1952 or before
NPG 4529(259)

John Osborne, by Bob Willoughby - NPG P139

John Osborne

by Bob Willoughby
bromide print, 1957
NPG P139

John Osborne, by Rollie McKenna - NPG P1678

John Osborne

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 1957
NPG P1678

John Osborne, by Irving Penn - NPG P597

John Osborne

by Irving Penn
platinum palladium print, 1958
NPG P597

John Osborne, by Don Bachardy - NPG 6385

John Osborne

by Don Bachardy
pencil, ink and wash, 1968
NPG 6385

John Osborne, by Georges Maiteny - NPG x36178

John Osborne

by Georges Maiteny
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x36178

John Osborne, by Douglas Glass, for  Paul Popper - NPG x194303

John Osborne

by Douglas Glass, for Paul Popper
vintage print, 1950s
NPG x194303

John Osborne, by Daniel Farson - NPG x22192

John Osborne

by Daniel Farson
vintage contact sheet, July 1956
NPG x22192

John Osborne, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x14175

John Osborne

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, July 1956
NPG x14175

John Osborne; Mary Ure, by Rollie McKenna - NPG x137186

John Osborne; Mary Ure

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 1957
NPG x137186

John Osborne; Mary Ure, by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd - NPG x194155

John Osborne; Mary Ure

by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd
vintage print, 13 September 1959
NPG x194155

John Osborne, by Mark Gerson - NPG x13774

John Osborne

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, May 1965
NPG x13774

John Osborne, by Jane Bown - NPG x28629

John Osborne

by Jane Bown
bromide print on card mount, 1979
NPG x28629

John Osborne, by Mark Gerson - NPG x88236

John Osborne

by Mark Gerson
cibachrome print from original transparency, August 1981
NPG x88236

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