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Howard Coster

(1885-1959), Photographer

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist associated with 9350 portraits
Howard Coster was born in London on 27 April 1885. He was introduced to photography through his uncle who owned a photographic studio where Coster worked before he moved to South Africa to try his hand at farming. After serving in the RAF during the war he worked in a studio in South Africa where he met his future wife Joan Burr, who was also a photographer. In 1926 they moved London and opened a studio on Essex Street. Coster quickly received commissions and began to use the credit line 'Coster, Photographer of Men'. Over the next twenty years he photographed most of the leading figures in politics, literature and the arts and his work was frequently published in magazines. The National Portrait Gallery holds around 8,000 negatives, 2,000 prints, 12 albums and archive material from the Coster studio and in 1985 held a retrospective of Coster’s work.

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E. Albert Cox, by Howard Coster - NPG x11079

E. Albert Cox

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x11079

J.B. Priestley, by Howard Coster - NPG x13518

J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x13518

J.B. Priestley, by Howard Coster - NPG x13544

J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x13544

John Galsworthy, by Howard Coster - NPG x13612

John Galsworthy

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x13612

A.A. Milne, by Howard Coster - NPG x19561

A.A. Milne

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x19561

A.A. Milne, by Howard Coster - NPG x19562

A.A. Milne

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x19562

A.A. Milne, by Howard Coster - NPG x19563

A.A. Milne

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x19563

A.A. Milne, by Howard Coster - NPG x19564

A.A. Milne

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x19564

A.A. Milne, by Howard Coster - NPG x19565

A.A. Milne

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x19565

A.A. Milne, by Howard Coster - NPG x19566

A.A. Milne

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x19566

A.A. Milne, by Howard Coster - NPG x19567

A.A. Milne

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x19567

A.A. Milne, by Howard Coster - NPG x19568

A.A. Milne

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x19568

A.A. Milne, by Howard Coster - NPG x19569

A.A. Milne

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x19569

A.A. Milne, by Howard Coster - NPG x19570

A.A. Milne

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x19570

A.A. Milne, by Howard Coster - NPG x19571

A.A. Milne

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x19571

A.A. Milne, by Howard Coster - NPG x19572

A.A. Milne

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x19572

A.A. Milne, by Howard Coster - NPG x19573

A.A. Milne

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x19573

A.A. Milne; Christopher Robin Milne, by Howard Coster - NPG x19576

A.A. Milne; Christopher Robin Milne

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x19576

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Jane Liddell-King

22 July 2020, 20:17

He photographed L. Susan Stebbing who was educated at Girton College and became the first woman to hold a Chair in Philosophy in Britain. She wa also the first woman president of the Humanists in the UK.

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