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Jocelyn Herbert

(1917-2003), Theatre designer

Sitter in 4 portraits
Herbert had joined the Royal Court at its inception in 1956 as a scene-painter, but already a year later made her debut as a designer with Ionesco's The Chairs. Her pioneering spare and unfussy approach reflected the new style the English Stage Company had introduced to British theatre and she soon developed into one of the leading stage designers in the country. At 'the Court' she worked on new material by John Arden, Arnold Wesker, John Osborne, Samuel Beckett and she first collaborated with Lindsay Anderson, John Dexter and Tony Richardson, also at the outset of their careers.

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Jocelyn Herbert, by Roger Mayne - NPG P1072

Jocelyn Herbert

by Roger Mayne
vintage bromide print, 1960
NPG P1072

Jocelyn Herbert, by Jenny West - NPG 6942

Jocelyn Herbert

by Jenny West
bronze head, 2001
On display in the Portrait Restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6942

Jocelyn Herbert, by Sandra Lousada - NPG x135442

Jocelyn Herbert

by Sandra Lousada
archival pigment print, 1962
NPG x135442

Jocelyn Herbert, by Michael Seymour - NPG x88173

Jocelyn Herbert

by Michael Seymour
resin print from original negative, 1968
NPG x88173

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