15 of 273 portraits by Angus McBean
Angus McBean Photograph. © Harvard Theatre Collection, Harvard University.
by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1938
11 3/8 in. x 9 1/4 in. (288 mm x 236 mm)
Artistback to top
- Angus McBean (1904-1990), Photographer. Artist associated with 273 portraits, Sitter in 79 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Pepper, Terence, Angus McBean Portraits, 2006 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 July to 22 October 2006), p. 49 Read entry
The American-born actress and dancer started her career in a ballroom dance act with her husband Carl Hyson, appearing in Jerome Kern's Oh Boy (1917) and two editions of the Florenz Ziegfeld Follies (1917-18). They travelled to England in 1921 and starred in Cochran’s London Calling, as well as many subsequent shows, introducing songs such as 'Easter Parade' and 'These Foolish Things'. McBean was to photograph her as Novello's co-star in the long-running Careless Rapture (1936) and the following year's Crest of the Wave. To create the illusion of the reflective lily pond, McBean used a mirror with a putty surround, filled with a shallow layer of water.
Events of 1938back to top
Current affairsBritain pursues its policy of appeasement. At the Munich Agreement, Britain, France and Italy agreed to allow Hitler to seize the Sudetenland area of Czechoslovakia. The agreement was seen at the time as a triumph for peace, with Neville Chamberlain returning home brandishing the paper agreement and saying 'peace for our time.' Within six months Germany had occupied the rest of Czechoslovakia.
Art and scienceGraham Greene publishes Brighton Rock. The novel follows the descent of Pinky, a teenage gang leader in Brighton's criminal underworld. The book examines the criminal mind and explores the themes of morality and sin - recurrent concerns for the Roman Catholic Author.
Glasgow hosts the Empire Exhibition; an £11 million celebration of the British Empire visited by 13 million people.