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Angus McBean

(1904-1990), Photographer

Sitter in 79 portraits
Artist associated with 268 portraits
Began his career in the theatre as mask-maker and scenery designer before turning to full-time theatre photography. McBean is renowned for his theatrical and inventive photography of the 1930s and 1940s. Imitated throughout his career, his influence especially in advertising is still prominent today. In 1935 he opened his own studio; and his prominent style was soon being published in glossy magazines. The Surrealist Exhibition in 1936 was an influence on McBean's theatrical portraits. After the Second World War he opened a larger studio in Covent Garden, and in the 1940s and 1950s was inundated with commissions from theatre companies. In the 1960s McBean photographed the Beatles for their first album.

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Jill Furse, by Angus McBean - NPG P895

Jill Furse

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1939
NPG P895

Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG P931

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1939?
NPG P931

Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG P618

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, circa 1940
NPG P618

Quentin Crisp, by Angus McBean - NPG P1299

Quentin Crisp

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1941
NPG P1299

Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG P933

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1945
NPG P933

Constance Cummings, by Angus McBean - NPG P63

Constance Cummings

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1946
NPG P63

James Evershed Agate, by Angus McBean - NPG P1298

James Evershed Agate

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1946
NPG P1298

Berto Pasuka, by Angus McBean - NPG P1305

Berto Pasuka

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, published in Ballet January 1946
NPG P1305

Ivor Novello, by Angus McBean - NPG P65

Ivor Novello

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1947
NPG P65

Sir Ralph Richardson, by Angus McBean - NPG P66

Sir Ralph Richardson

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1947
NPG P66

James Evershed Agate, by Angus McBean - NPG P617

James Evershed Agate

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1947
NPG P617

Joyce Grenfell, by Angus McBean - NPG P897

Joyce Grenfell

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1947
NPG P897

Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG P934

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1947
NPG P934

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