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John Gay

(1909-1999), Photographer

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist of 295 portraits
Born Hans Gohler in Karlsrühe. He left Germany in 1933, and moved to England where he settled in Yorkshire and found work as a photographer. In 1939 he joined the Pioneer Corps with whom he served throughout Word War II. He decided to change his name to John Gay, after the poet and dramatist of Beggar's Opera fame. From 1942 he based himself in Highgate, London, and worked as a professional photographer. His work encompassed regular contributions to Country Fair and the photo-essays in The Strand magazine for which he also produced a number of portraits of literary personalities in the 1940s. He was celebrated as a photographer of railway stations, graveyards and country scenes.

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Hilaire Belloc, by John Gay - NPG P700

Hilaire Belloc

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG P700

Walter de la Mare, by John Gay - NPG P701

Walter de la Mare

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG P701

T.S. Eliot, by John Gay - NPG P702

T.S. Eliot

by John Gay
vintage print, 1948
NPG P702

John Masefield, by John Gay - NPG P703

John Masefield

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG P703

Martha Stern, by John Gay - NPG x128503

Martha Stern

by John Gay
quarter-plate glass negative, 1940s
NPG x128503

Max Bygraves, by John Gay - NPG x128655

Max Bygraves

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1940s
NPG x128655

Sir Stanley Unwin, by John Gay - NPG x127762

Sir Stanley Unwin

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, published November 1947
NPG x127762

Graham Greene; Douglas Francis Jerrold, by John Gay - NPG x127763

Graham Greene; Douglas Francis Jerrold

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, published November 1947
NPG x127763

Sir Victor Gollancz, by John Gay - NPG x127764

Sir Victor Gollancz

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, published November 1947
NPG x127764

Sir Allen Lane, by John Gay - NPG x127765

Sir Allen Lane

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, published November 1947
NPG x127765

Sir Geoffrey Cust Faber, by John Gay - NPG x127766

Sir Geoffrey Cust Faber

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, published November 1947
NPG x127766

Alexander Stuart Frere (né Reeves), by John Gay - NPG x127767

Alexander Stuart Frere (né Reeves)

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, published November 1947
NPG x127767

Billy Collins, by John Gay - NPG x127768

Billy Collins

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, published November 1947
NPG x127768

Desmond John Newman Flower, by John Gay - NPG x127769

Desmond John Newman Flower

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, published November 1947
NPG x127769

Marianne Straub, by John Gay - NPG x200987

Marianne Straub

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, circa 1947
NPG x200987

Margaret Leischner, by John Gay - NPG x200982

Margaret Leischner

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, circa 1947
NPG x200982

Margaret Leischner, by John Gay - NPG x200983

Margaret Leischner

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, circa 1947
NPG x200983

Margaret Leischner, by John Gay - NPG x200984

Margaret Leischner

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, circa 1947
NPG x200984

Margaret Leischner, by John Gay - NPG x200985

Margaret Leischner

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, circa 1947
NPG x200985

Margaret Leischner, by John Gay - NPG x200986

Margaret Leischner

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, circa 1947
NPG x200986

Lucienne Day (née Conradi), by John Gay - NPG x200988

Lucienne Day (née Conradi)

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, circa 1947
NPG x200988

Lucienne Day (née Conradi), by John Gay - NPG x200989

Lucienne Day (née Conradi)

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, circa 1947
NPG x200989

Lucienne Day (née Conradi), by John Gay - NPG x200990

Lucienne Day (née Conradi)

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, circa 1947
NPG x200990

Alec Hunter, by John Gay - NPG x200991

Alec Hunter

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, circa 1947
NPG x200991

Sir Robert Vere ('Robin') Darwin; Madge Garland, by John Gay - NPG x200992

Sir Robert Vere ('Robin') Darwin; Madge Garland

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, circa 1947
NPG x200992

Unknown textile designer, by John Gay - NPG x200993

Unknown textile designer

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, circa 1947
NPG x200993

Alec Hunter; Lucienne Day (née Conradi), by John Gay - NPG x200994

Alec Hunter; Lucienne Day (née Conradi)

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, circa 1947
NPG x200994

Sir Victor Gollancz, by John Gay - NPG x47296

Sir Victor Gollancz

by John Gay
bromide fibre print, 1947
NPG x47296

Graham Greene; Douglas Francis Jerrold, by John Gay - NPG x47309

Graham Greene; Douglas Francis Jerrold

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1947
NPG x47309

Audrée Craig, by John Gay - NPG x127307

Audrée Craig

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, March 1947
NPG x127307

Eva Najman, by John Gay - NPG x127308

Eva Najman

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, March 1947
NPG x127308

Mary Dinsdale, by John Gay - NPG x127309

Mary Dinsdale

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 21 March 1947
NPG x127309

Hilda Scott, by John Gay - NPG x127310

Hilda Scott

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, March 1947
NPG x127310

Erica Macdonald, by John Gay - NPG x127311

Erica Macdonald

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 20 March 1947
NPG x127311

Erica Macdonald, by John Gay - NPG x127312

Erica Macdonald

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 20 March 1947
NPG x127312

Monica Walker, by John Gay - NPG x127313

Monica Walker

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 21 March 1947
NPG x127313

(Joan) Seton McConnell, by John Gay - NPG x127314

(Joan) Seton McConnell

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 19 March 1947
NPG x127314

Molly Blake (née Mclenaghan), by John Gay - NPG x127315

Molly Blake (née Mclenaghan)

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 26 March 1947
NPG x127315

Molly Blake (née Mclenaghan), by John Gay - NPG x127316

Molly Blake (née Mclenaghan)

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 26 March 1947
NPG x127316

John Masefield, by John Gay - NPG x47298

John Masefield

by John Gay
bromide print, 1948
NPG x47298

Walter de la Mare, by John Gay - NPG x47308

Walter de la Mare

by John Gay
bromide print, 1948
NPG x47308

Hilaire Belloc, by John Gay - NPG x47310

Hilaire Belloc

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG x47310

Hilaire Belloc, by John Gay - NPG x47291

Hilaire Belloc

by John Gay
bromide print, 1948
NPG x47291

Hilaire Belloc, by John Gay - NPG x47307

Hilaire Belloc

by John Gay
bromide print, 1948
NPG x47307

T.S. Eliot, by John Gay - NPG x47295

T.S. Eliot

by John Gay
bromide fibre print, 1948
NPG x47295

Dylan Thomas, by John Gay - NPG x47303

Dylan Thomas

by John Gay
bromide fibre print, published July 1948
NPG x47303

Vita Sackville-West, by John Gay - NPG x47301

Vita Sackville-West

by John Gay
bromide fibre print, 1948
NPG x47301

Vita Sackville-West, by John Gay - NPG x47302

Vita Sackville-West

by John Gay
bromide fibre print, 1948
NPG x47302

John Masefield, by John Gay - NPG x126508

John Masefield

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG x126508

John Masefield, by John Gay - NPG x126509

John Masefield

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG x126509

Walter de la Mare, by John Gay - NPG x126510

Walter de la Mare

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG x126510

Walter de la Mare, by John Gay - NPG x126511

Walter de la Mare

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG x126511

T.S. Eliot, by John Gay - NPG x126512

T.S. Eliot

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG x126512

Cecil Day-Lewis, by John Gay - NPG x126513

Cecil Day-Lewis

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, published July 1948
NPG x126513

Cecil Day-Lewis, by John Gay - NPG x126514

Cecil Day-Lewis

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG x126514

Cecil Day-Lewis, by John Gay - NPG x126515

Cecil Day-Lewis

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG x126515

Cecil Day-Lewis, by John Gay - NPG x126516

Cecil Day-Lewis

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG x126516

Cecil Day-Lewis, by John Gay - NPG x126517

Cecil Day-Lewis

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG x126517

Andrew John Young, by John Gay - NPG x126518

Andrew John Young

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG x126518

Vita Sackville-West, by John Gay - NPG x126519

Vita Sackville-West

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG x126519

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