Friday, October 21, 2011

Angus McBean

In 1970, British theatrical photographer Angus McBean (1904-90) sold to Harvard his massive collection of 40,000 glass-plate negatives; it has since become the most-requested archive of visual material in their Theatre Collection. McBean (pronounced McBain) worked from the 1930s to the '60s; his career encompasses the early work of Alec Guinness, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh (she was his muse and he her favorite photographer) as well as that of Hollywood stars like Richard Burton, Audrey Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor. The Theatrical World of Angus McBean: Photographs from the Harvard Theatre Collection takes an in-depth look at 111 of his most arresting images, including this one of Leigh as Cleopatra in Shaw's play.

A bit  more whimsical is this charming composite of Hepburn:


  1. I adore the Audrey Hepburn photograph!

  2. an in-depth look at 11 of his most arresting images

    That would not make much of a book. I believe you mean 111.

    p.s. Audrey Hepburn certainly was stunningly beautiful.

  3. I thought that was weird ... I think I saw it on a Harvard webpage. Thanks for

    the correction!