Cambridge Connections: Photographs by Antony Barrington Brown
Past display archive
19 March - 16 September 2012
by Antony Barrington Brown
© Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge
Born in 1927, Antony Barrington Brown served in the Army for three years before reading chemistry at the University of Cambridge. During his time there he worked as a photographer and picture editor for the student newspaper Varsity. This weekly publication acted as a training ground for many journalists and politicians.
Barrington Brown returned to Cambridge in 1951 to set up as a freelance photographer. His aim was to capture dons in their 'natural habitat', and he was commissioned by colleges to portray the Fellows of the University. He is now best known for his photograph of James Watson and Francis Crick around the time of their discovery of DNA. He also worked as a photo-journalist, for the national press, the BBC and Movietone News among others. In 1958 Barrington Brown changed direction and pursued a career in furniture design and manufacture.
This display presents a selection from the 240 recently acquired sittings, taken between 1953 and 1958, and generously given by the photographer.
© National Portrait Gallery, London
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Links to audio and transcripts of interviews with artists, sitters and historic recordings.
- James Dewey Watson; Francis Harry Compton Crick (NPG x45733)
- Mark Boxer (NPG x135393)
- Alexander Robertus Todd, Baron Todd (NPG x104750)
- John Tusa (NPG x135391)
- Michael Winner (NPG x135392)
- Sir Vincent Brian Wigglesworth (NPG x104806)
- Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher (NPG x135997)
- John Bernard Adie Barton (NPG x135395)
- Robert Alexander Kennedy Runcie, Baron Runcie (NPG x104749)
- Meyer Fortes (NPG x104753)
- Sir (John) Richard Stone (NPG x104777)