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Tony Hancock

(1924-1968), Comedian

Anthony John ('Tony') Hancock

Sitter in 22 portraits
Hancock had featured on the radio in Variety Bandbox and Educating Archie before his own programme. Hancock's Half Hour, made it's debut in 1954, and made Hancock famous for his sardonic view of life. His gloomily disaster-prone character, was supported, among others, by Sid James and Kenneth Williams, was an instant success and greatly increased his popularity with the transfer to television in 1956.

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Tony Hancock, by Henri Cartier-Bresson - NPG P725

Tony Hancock

by Henri Cartier-Bresson
bromide print, 1962
NPG P725

Tony Hancock, by Herbert K. Nolan - NPG x24194

Tony Hancock

by Herbert K. Nolan
bromide print, 1956
NPG x24194

Cast and crew of 'Hancock', by Bob Collins - NPG x36043

Cast and crew of 'Hancock'

by Bob Collins
contact sheet of twelve 2 1/4 inch square film negatives, 1959
NPG x36043

Tony Hancock; Sid James; and crew of 'Hancock', by Bob Collins - NPG x125121

Tony Hancock; Sid James; and crew of 'Hancock'

by Bob Collins
contact sheet of eight 2 1/4 inch square film negatives, 1959
NPG x125121

Tony Hancock, by Bob Collins - NPG x125122

Tony Hancock

by Bob Collins
contact sheet of twelve 2 1/4 inch square film negatives, 1959
NPG x125122

Tony Hancock and the cast and crew of 'Hancock', by Bob Collins - NPG x125123

Tony Hancock and the cast and crew of 'Hancock'

by Bob Collins
contact sheet of twelve 2 1/4 inch square film negatives, 1959
NPG x125123

Tony Hancock and the cast and crew of 'Hancock', by Bob Collins - NPG x125124

Tony Hancock and the cast and crew of 'Hancock'

by Bob Collins
contact sheet of eight 2 1/4 inch square film negatives, 1959
NPG x125124

Sid James; Tony Hancock; the crew of 'Hancock', by Bob Collins - NPG x125125

Sid James; Tony Hancock; the crew of 'Hancock'

by Bob Collins
contact sheet of eleven 2 1/4 inch square film negatives, 1959
NPG x125125

Tony Hancock; Sid James; the cast and crew of 'Hancock', by Bob Collins - NPG x125126

Tony Hancock; Sid James; the cast and crew of 'Hancock'

by Bob Collins
contact sheet of twelve 2 1/4 inch square film negatives, 1959
NPG x125126

Sid James; Tony Hancock; the cast and crew of 'Hancock', by Bob Collins - NPG x125127

Sid James; Tony Hancock; the cast and crew of 'Hancock'

by Bob Collins
contact sheet of twelve 2 1/4 inch square film negatives, 1959
NPG x125127

Tony Hancock; Sid James; the cast and crew of 'Hancock', by Bob Collins - NPG x125128

Tony Hancock; Sid James; the cast and crew of 'Hancock'

by Bob Collins
contact sheet of twelve 2 1/4 inch square film negatives, 1959
NPG x125128

Tony Hancock; Sid James; the cast and crew of 'Hancock', by Bob Collins - NPG x125129

Tony Hancock; Sid James; the cast and crew of 'Hancock'

by Bob Collins
contact sheet of twelve 2 1/4 inch square film negatives, 1959
NPG x125129

Tony Hancock; Sid James, by Bob Collins - NPG x36011

Tony Hancock; Sid James

by Bob Collins
modern bromide fibre print from original negative, 1959
NPG x36011

Tony Hancock, by Sir Harry Donald Secombe - NPG x125346

Tony Hancock

by Sir Harry Donald Secombe
bromide fibre print, 1962
NPG x125346

Tony Hancock, by Harri Peccinotti - NPG x199145

Tony Hancock

by Harri Peccinotti
bromide print, October 1966
NPG x199145

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