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Arthur Bingham Walkley

(1855-1926), Theatre and literary critic

Sitter in 4 portraits
Theatre and literary critic Arthur Bingham Walkley reviewed books in periodicals before turning to theatre. He is best known for his writing as theatre critic for the Times, where he worked from 1899 for twenty six years. At a time at which English drama was beginning to break free from dramatic conventions, Walkley saw his task as analysing his sensations in the presence of art, not judging it by rule. Walkley's welcome of Ibsen did much to counteract his plays' initially negative reception. After he retired from the Post Office (where he worked alongside his writing), he began a series of articles on dramatic, social, and literary subjects including Dr Johnson, Dickens, Jane Austen, Hazlitt, Lamb, and Proust.

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Arthur Bingham Walkley, by Alfred Ellis, published by  Eglington & Co - NPG Ax28833

Arthur Bingham Walkley

by Alfred Ellis, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, published 1 May 1892
NPG Ax28833

Arthur Bingham Walkley, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x13283

Arthur Bingham Walkley

by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite
NPG x13283

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Sir James Spearman with A.A Pearson and others.

by Unknown photographer
print, 1898
NPG x32130

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