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TitleShaw; George Bernard (1856-1950); author and playwright: Photographs
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Admin Biographical HistoryGeorge Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and social commentator and thinker. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main output was dramatic, and he wrote more than 60 plays. Nearly all his writings deal with prevailing social problems and touch on issues he was concerned with.

An ardent socialist, Shaw wrote many brochures and speeches for the Fabian Society. He became an accomplished orator in the furtherance of its causes, which included gaining equal rights for men and women, alleviating abuses of the working class, rescinding private ownership of productive land and promoting healthy lifestyles. Unusually for the time he persuaded the latter by being a vegetarian.

Shaw married Charlotte Payne-Townshend, a fellow Fabian, whom he survived. Their circle included many political and artistic personalities including, Lady Nancy Astor, Auguste Rodin, TE Lawrence, Augustus John and Beatrice and Sidney Webb. They settled in Ayot St. Lawrence in Shaw's Corner having lived at several addresses and having travelled widely in Europe, Russia, South Africa and New Zealand. Shaw died there, aged 94.

He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938), for his contributions to literature and for his work on the film Pygmalion (adaptation of his play of the same name), respectively.

For a full biography, see the description for the Shaw business papers (Ref: Shaw).
Custodial HistoryTransferred to LSE in 1979 by the National Trust for expertise and storage reasons. Previously housed at Shaw's home, Shaw's Corner.
DescriptionPhotographs by George Bernard Shaw [1895-1950] of himself, his house at Shaw's Corner (including of the household and surrounding area), his friends and family, of places he visited and other places he lived in. In addition there are pictures of Shaw by other photographers, production photographs for plays including The Apple Cart and film stills for Caesar and Cleopatra (1946) and Major Barbara (1941). A few prints are on glass; these are currently unavailable as they are being conserved. Also included are photographic albums compiled by Shaw, containing photographic prints mainly 1900s-1910s and one containing theatrical postcards c1900s.

Negatives by Shaw, on glass and plastics many with their original paper enclosures some with photographic information on. Please note for conservation reasons these are currently unavailable to researchers.
Paper items, mainly related to the prints or negatives. Please note for conservation and cataloguing reasons these are currently unavailable to researchers.
Publication NoteSome images were published in GB Shaw's lifetime, see individual records, mainly in articles eg in Popular Photography.
'Bernard Shaw on Photography' ed. with an introduction by Bill Jay and Margaret Moore, P.Smith Books, Salt Lake City, 1989.
Related MaterialSee also Shaw Diaries (SR 0293), Coll Miscs 360 and 1198 and Shaw (for Charlotte Shaw family photographs gifted by her biographer see SHAW/31/2).
Access StatusMainly open; some items closed
Access ConditionsPlease note for conservation and cataloguing reasons the negatives and paper items are currently unavailable to researchers.
Copyright TypeOther
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