Search the Collection

Jane Bown

(1925-2014), Photographer

Sitter in 7 portraits
Artist associated with 73 portraits
Born in 1925, Bown worked as a chart corrector in the Wrens, 1944-46. She was a student photographer at Guildford School of Art, 1946-50. Bown started her photographic career 56 years ago when her portrait of Bertrand Russell appeared in The Observer. Admired for her straightforward, naturally posed, black and white portraits usually taken with available light. Her published books include The Gentle Eye (1980) which was accompanied by a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, 1980-81, Women of Consequence (1986), Men of Consequence (1987) and Faces (2000). In 1995 Bown was awarded a CBE for her outstanding contribution to photography.

10 Likes voting
is closed

Thanks for Liking

Please Like other favourites!
If they inspire you please support our work.

Make a donation Close

List Thumbnail

Roy Campbell, by Jane Bown - NPG P378

Roy Campbell

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 1951
NPG P378

Jonathan Miller, by Jane Bown - NPG P375

Jonathan Miller

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 1954
NPG P375

Samuel Beckett, by Jane Bown - NPG P373

Samuel Beckett

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 1976
NPG P373

Mick Jagger, by Jane Bown - NPG P376

Mick Jagger

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 5 October 1977
NPG P376

Sir Edward Heath, by Jane Bown - NPG P377

Sir Edward Heath

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 1978
NPG P377

Bertrand Russell, by Jane Bown - NPG x133112

Bertrand Russell

by Jane Bown
digital print, 1949
NPG x133112

Bernard Darwin, by Jane Bown - NPG x17010

Bernard Darwin

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x17010

Bernard Darwin, by Jane Bown - NPG x17011

Bernard Darwin

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x17011

Jean Cocteau, by Jane Bown - NPG x133113

Jean Cocteau

by Jane Bown
gelatin silver print, 1950
NPG x133113

Roy Campbell, by Jane Bown - NPG x28617

Roy Campbell

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 1951
NPG x28617

Evelyn Waugh with his family, by Jane Bown - NPG x28638

Evelyn Waugh with his family

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 1951
NPG x28638


Tell us more back to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. You can buy a print of most illustrated portraits. Select the portrait of interest to you, then look out for a Buy a Print button. Prices start at £6 for unframed prints, £25 for framed prints. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

Marion Bond

11 October 2017, 21:47

Jane (Mrs Moss) was my neighbour in Alresford. She took a lovely b&w photo of me for my 50th birthday and signed it. Naturally I was thrilled. I paid for the printing and she kept the negatives for her archive. Actually she took quite a few but I chose to enlarge 2 only.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.


How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.