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George Bernard Shaw

(1856-1950), Playwright

Sitter in 148 portraits
Artist associated with 8 portraits
The foremost playwright of his generation; also a noted critic of the arts, socialist and member of the Fabian Society. Shaw's influence was felt widely in politics and society. During his early career he wrote important musical and dramatic criticism, introduced the British public to the work of Ibsen and wrote some of his best plays. Successful seasons at the Royal Court Theatre (1904-7) established his reputation, and many of his plays, notably Major Barbara (1905) and Pygmalion (1914), later achieved popularity as films. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.

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George Bernard Shaw, by Augustus John - NPG 6972

George Bernard Shaw

by Augustus John
pencil, circa 1915
NPG 6972

George Bernard Shaw, by Alfred Eisenstaedt - NPG P2027

George Bernard Shaw

by Alfred Eisenstaedt
bromide print, 1932
NPG P2027

George Bernard Shaw, by Jacob Epstein - NPG 4047

George Bernard Shaw

by Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1934
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4047

George Bernard Shaw, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P490(69)

George Bernard Shaw

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1943
NPG P490(69)

George Bernard Shaw, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P490(70)

George Bernard Shaw

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1943
NPG P490(70)

George Bernard Shaw, by Clare Winsten (Clara Birnberg) - NPG 6891

George Bernard Shaw

by Clare Winsten (Clara Birnberg)
pencil on paper laid on board, 1949
NPG 6891

George Bernard Shaw, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x19645

George Bernard Shaw

by Sir Emery Walker
quarter-plate glass negative, 1888
NPG x19645

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