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Angus McBean

(1904-1990), Photographer

Sitter in 79 portraits
Artist associated with 273 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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Fay Compton

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1957
NPG x5835

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Paul Daneman

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1957
NPG x5838

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Jacqueline Ellis

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1957
NPG x5854

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Joan Plowright as Mrs Margery Pinchwife in 'The Country Wife'

by Angus McBean
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 2 January 1957
NPG x193411

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Jill Bennett

by Angus McBean
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 9 January 1957
NPG x193413

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Vivien Leigh as Lavinia in 'Titus Andronicus'

by Angus McBean
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 17 April 1957
NPG x193418

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Elizabeth Sellars

by Angus McBean
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 8 May 1957
NPG x193419

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Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
print, 1958
NPG x5603

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Douglas Campbell

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1961
NPG x5866

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Jane Wenham (née Figgins)

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1964
NPG x27334

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Rosalyn Boulter

by Angus McBean
bromide print
NPG x35638

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Jack May

by Angus McBean
bromide print
NPG x5853

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