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Great Welsh photographer.
McBean his career in the theatre as mask-maker and scenery designer before turning to full-time theatre photography. In 1935 he opened his own studio; and his distinctive style was soon being published in glossy magazines. After the Second World War he opened a larger studio in Covent Garden, and in the 1940s and 1950s was inundated with commissions from theatre companies.
McBean revolutionized portraiture in the 1930s, blending wit, drama and fantasy with the skill of a master photographer.
McBean produced classic photographs of individuals such as Agatha Christie, Audrey Hepburn, Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor and, especially, Vivien Leigh (whom he photographed for over 30 years to her death).In the 1960s McBean photographed the Beatles for their first album.
This is a unique Angus McBean collectable - a montage that he prepared for a fan of the front page of The Sketch (April 6th 1938), featuring his famous photograph of Vivien Leigh as Aurora, "Beautiful Goddess of the Dawn". The reproduction has been laid to cream artcard measuring 11" x 8.5" and McBean has signed the board in black ink to the bottom left ("Angus McBean, London '38") and inscribed the board to the right ("For John R.McKay, '88").
Condition is excellent.