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John Boynton ('J.B.') Priestley

(1894-1984), Writer

Sitter in 92 portraits
J. B. Priestley, the Bradford-born dramatist, novelist and essayist had made his name by the early 1930s with The Good Companions (1929) and Angel Pavement (1930). His first West End Play, Dangerous Corner was staged in 1932 and followed by numerous successes including Time and the Conways (1937), The Linden Tree (1948) and An Inspector Calls (1947), this last still proving hugely popular today in Stephen Daldry's production. During the Second World War Priestley's radio 'Postscripts' on Sunday evenings made him an international figure.

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

J.B. Priestley

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

Sir Hugh Walpole; J.B. Priestley, by Unknown photographer - NPG x17024

Sir Hugh Walpole; J.B. Priestley

by Unknown photographer
bromide postcard print, 1930
NPG x17024

Mary Wyndham Lewis; J.B. Priestley, by Howard Coster - NPG x13529

Mary Wyndham Lewis; J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x13529

J.B. Priestley, by Howard Coster - NPG x2073

J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
bromide print on textured paper, 1937
NPG x2073

J.B. Priestley, by Howard Coster - NPG x2074

J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
cream-toned bromesco print, 1937
NPG x2074

J.B. Priestley, by Howard Coster - NPG Ax136107

J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1937
NPG Ax136107

J.B. Priestley; Mae Bacon, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x194310

J.B. Priestley; Mae Bacon

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
vintage print, circa 1938
NPG x194310

J.B. Priestley, by Howard Coster - NPG x13541

J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1939
NPG x13541

J.B. Priestley; Maurice Lambert, by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd - NPG x184067

J.B. Priestley; Maurice Lambert

by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd
bromide press print, August 1948
NPG x184067

J.B. Priestley, by John Gay - NPG x47299

J.B. Priestley

by John Gay
bromide fibre print, 1949
NPG x47299

J.B. Priestley, by John Gay - NPG x126526

J.B. Priestley

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1949
NPG x126526

J.B. Priestley, by John Gay - NPG x126527

J.B. Priestley

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1949
NPG x126527

J.B. Priestley, by John Gay - NPG x126528

J.B. Priestley

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1949
NPG x126528

J.B. Priestley, by John Gay - NPG x126529

J.B. Priestley

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1949
NPG x126529

J.B. Priestley, by John Gay - NPG x126530

J.B. Priestley

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1949
NPG x126530

J.B. Priestley, by John Gay - NPG x126531

J.B. Priestley

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1949
NPG x126531

J.B. Priestley, by John Gay - NPG x126532

J.B. Priestley

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1949
NPG x126532

J.B. Priestley, by John Gay - NPG x126533

J.B. Priestley

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1949
NPG x126533

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