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Angus McBean, by Angus McBean, 1983 - NPG P941 - Angus McBean Photograph. © Harvard Theatre Collection, Harvard University.

Angus McBean Photograph. © Harvard Theatre Collection, Harvard University.

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Angus McBean

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1983
14 3/8 in. x 10 7/8 in. (366 mm x 275 mm)
Purchased, 2001
Primary Collection
NPG P941

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  • Angus McBean (1904-1990), Photographer. Sitter in 79 portraits, Artist associated with 271 portraits.

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  • Angus McBean (1904-1990), Photographer. Artist associated with 271 portraits, Sitter in 79 portraits.

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  • Pepper, Terence, Angus McBean Portraits, 2006 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 July to 22 October 2006), p. 132 Read entry

    McBean’s rapidly growing collection of bisque bathing-beauty dolls make up a party scene as the photographer tries to read his Christmas greetings book. A Roy Hobdell painting in his collection, which was also used as a background in his 1947 portrait of Constance Cummings, helps set the fantasy scene.

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Current affairs

Margaret Thatcher wins a landslide majority for the Conservative Party at the general election. Although her premiership had previously been unpopular, the British victory in the Falklands coupled with divisions in Michael Foot's Labour opposition, helped her to gain popularity and win the most decisive election victory since 1945.

Art and science

The British sitcom Blackadder is aired for the first time. Each of the four series followed the character of the anti-hero Edmund Blackadder and took place during a different period of British history. The first series, The Black Adder, was a satire of medieval England during the rein of the fictitious Richard IV, and frequently lifted famous lines from Shakespeare.


The armed struggle between Tamil militants and the Sinhalese-dominated government of Sri Lanka begin with the Black July pogrom. Mobs (allegedly supported by the government) started attacking and murdering Tamils following an attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on government soldiers. Civil war between the government and Tamil nationalists has continued sporadically ever since.

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Richard Lane

25 April 2016, 20:08

I recently (well, just before Christmas 2015) purchased an original copy of the black and white photo of Angus McB that was cut out to be used in this photo. On the reverse of the board it is mounted on is a letter from Angus to a Mr White. In it Angus explains: "No Christmas cards left and can't print any more so you will have to do with this which is the centre of next year's card!" So the photo must have been sent to Mr White in 1982 showing that Angus worked a year ahead on making his Christmas cards (at least in the 1980s).

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