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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, after Wyndham Lewis - NPG D32956

J.B. Priestley

after Wyndham Lewis
lithograph, 1932
NPG D32956

J.B. Priestley, after Unknown artist - NPG D42413

J.B. Priestley

after Unknown artist
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42413

J.B. Priestley, by Cecil Beaton - NPG D17946(61)

J.B. Priestley

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, 1970s?
NPG D17946(61)

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J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x13514

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J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x13516

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J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x13517

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J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x13519

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J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1926
NPG x13525

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J.B. Priestley; Mary Wyndham Lewis

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x13527

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Mary Wyndham Lewis; J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x13528

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J.B. Priestley; Mary Wyndham Lewis

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x13530

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J.B. Priestley; Mary Wyndham Lewis

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x13531

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J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x13532

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J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
cream-toned bromesco print, 1937
NPG x2075

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J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x13512

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J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x13513

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J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x13515

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J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x13520

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J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x13521

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J.B. Priestley

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x13522

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