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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 John Gay - NPG x126534

J.B. Priestley

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1949
NPG x126534

J.B. Priestley, by John Gay - NPG x126535

J.B. Priestley

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1949
NPG x126535

J.B. Priestley, by Howard Coster - NPG x2079

J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x2079

J.B. Priestley, by Howard Coster - NPG x2077

J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x2077

J.B. Priestley, by Howard Coster - NPG x2076

J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x2076

J.B. Priestley, by Derek Allen - NPG x24113

J.B. Priestley

by Derek Allen
bromide print, 1955
NPG x24113

J.B. Priestley, by Mark Gerson - NPG x13367

J.B. Priestley

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, July 1960
NPG x13367

J.B. Priestley; Jacquetta Hawkes, by Mark Gerson - NPG x88237

J.B. Priestley; Jacquetta Hawkes

by Mark Gerson
cibachrome print from original transparency, July 1960
NPG x88237

J.B. Priestley, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x21957

J.B. Priestley

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 3 July 1968
NPG x21957

J.B. Priestley, by Roger George Clark - NPG x29116

J.B. Priestley

by Roger George Clark
bromide print, 1977
NPG x29116

J.B. Priestley, by David Reed - NPG x76357

J.B. Priestley

by David Reed
colour print, 1978
NPG x76357

J.B. Priestley, by Jane Bown - NPG x28630

J.B. Priestley

by Jane Bown
bromide print on card mount, 1980
NPG x28630

J.B. Priestley, by Stephen Hyde - NPG x24943

J.B. Priestley

by Stephen Hyde
bromide print, April 1982
NPG x24943

J.B. Priestley, by Stephen Hyde - NPG x24947

J.B. Priestley

by Stephen Hyde
bromide print, April 1982
NPG x24947

J.B. Priestley, by Granville Davies - NPG x23462

J.B. Priestley

by Granville Davies
resin print, July 1984
NPG x23462

J.B. Priestley, by Granville Davies - NPG x23464

J.B. Priestley

by Granville Davies
resin print, July 1984
NPG x23464

J.B. Priestley, by Granville Davies - NPG x23463

J.B. Priestley

by Granville Davies
resin print, July 1984
NPG x23463

J.B. Priestley, by Howard Coster - NPG x13539

J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative
NPG x13539

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