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Angus McBean

(1904-1990), Photographer

Sitter in 79 portraits
Artist associated with 275 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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Elizabeth Bowen, by Angus McBean - NPG P887

Elizabeth Bowen

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1948
NPG P887

Anatole de Grunwald, by Angus McBean - NPG P889

Anatole de Grunwald

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1948
NPG P889

Hermione Gingold, by Angus McBean - NPG P920

Hermione Gingold

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1948
NPG P920

Emlyn Williams, by Angus McBean - NPG P927

Emlyn Williams

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1948
NPG P927

Angus McBean, by Angus McBean - NPG P935

Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1948
NPG P935

Ivor Brown, by Angus McBean - NPG P57

Ivor Brown

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1949

Agatha Christie, by Angus McBean - NPG P294

Agatha Christie

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1949
NPG P294

Cecil Beaton, by Angus McBean - NPG P1294

Cecil Beaton

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, 1949
NPG P1294

George Robey, by Angus McBean - NPG P1836

George Robey

by Angus McBean
gelatin silver print, 1949
NPG P1836

Sir Arthur Bliss, by Angus McBean - NPG P886

Sir Arthur Bliss

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1949
NPG P886

Christopher Fry, by Angus McBean - NPG P67

Christopher Fry

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1950

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann, by Angus McBean - NPG P61

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1950

Audrey Hepburn, by Angus McBean - NPG P1295

Audrey Hepburn

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, October 1950
NPG P1295

Oliver Messel, by Angus McBean - NPG P1304

Oliver Messel

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, published in The Sketch 15 March 1950
NPG P1304

Berto Pasuka, by Angus McBean - NPG P1306

Berto Pasuka

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, published in Ballet January 1950
NPG P1306

Margot Fonteyn, by Angus McBean - NPG P894

Margot Fonteyn

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1951
NPG P894

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