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George Bernard Shaw

(1856-1950), Playwright

Sitter in 147 portraits
Artist associated with 8 portraits
Playwright; one of the literary giants of the modern period, whose writings span a vast spectrum of subjects and ideas; an active Fabian socialist, Shaw's influence was felt in politics and society at large; during the eighties and nineties 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 Shaw's reputation and many of his plays, including Majora Barbara (1905) and Pygmalion (1914) later reached wider audiences as popular films. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.

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George Bernard Shaw, by Harry Furniss - NPG 3510

George Bernard Shaw

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3510

George Bernard Shaw, by Harry Furniss - NPG 3511

George Bernard Shaw

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3511

George Bernard Shaw, by Harry Furniss - NPG 3512

George Bernard Shaw

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3512

George Bernard Shaw, by Harry Furniss - NPG 3604

George Bernard Shaw

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3604

George Bernard Shaw, by Frederick Henry Evans - NPG P113

George Bernard Shaw

by Frederick Henry Evans
platinum print, 1896
NPG P113

George Bernard Shaw, by James Craig Annan - NPG P1131

George Bernard Shaw

by James Craig Annan
sepia platinotype, 1910
NPG P1131

George Bernard Shaw, by Augustus John - NPG 6972

George Bernard Shaw

by Augustus John
pencil, circa 1915
NPG 6972

Beatrice Webb; George Bernard Shaw, by Unknown photographer - NPG P1292(20)

Beatrice Webb; George Bernard Shaw

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1919
NPG P1292(20)

George Bernard Shaw, by Bernard Partridge - NPG 4228

George Bernard Shaw

by Bernard Partridge
watercolour, circa 1925
NPG 4228

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 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4047

George Bernard Shaw, by Madame Yevonde - NPG P871(5)

George Bernard Shaw

by Madame Yevonde
Vivex colour print on black card mount, 1937
NPG P871(5)

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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