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Angus McBean’s Newport : 1904-1924 : A Backdrop To Genius

Society Author William Cross FSA Scot muses over the early influences of Angus McBean, the well known London stage photographer whose family lived in Newport for several years

Angus Mc Bean, ( 1904-1990) the celebrated photographer of theatre and stage was born in Newbridge, South Wales in 1904.
His family flitted around various Welsh towns including Risca, Abertillery and Monmouth, with a long spell in Newport, where Angus attended Newport Technical College ( studying architecture ). Later he worked locally for a commercial bank and then finally moved to London in 1924.

This illustrated talk “ Angus McBean’s Newport 1904-1924 : A Backdrop To Genius” takes as its primary source the book “Facemaker” the definite biography of McBean by Adrian Woodhouse. William Cross, an admirer of McBean and who gives talks on his life and times, takes a look at the people, the iconic buildings and landscapes around Newport and places adjoining in South Wales highlighting the many land marks and images that McBean saw and in some cases as Cross suggests proved to be an enduring influence on McBean’s career as a model maker and a photographer. McBean never forgot his Welsh roots and heritage.

This talk is a special one as part of the “First Tuesday” Heritage Talks.


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Date and Time:

3 September 2019 at 3:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



First Tuesday History Group
Ye Olde Murenger House
52-53 High Street
NP20 1GA

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William Cross, FSA Scot
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William Cross, FSA Scot is a writer and lecturer based in Newport, South Wales. He is the author of several books on the Morgans of Tredegar House, Newport and Society Scandals. He is also the author of " The Abergavenny Witch Hunt" about the 1942 gay sex scandal and saw Angus McBean arrested in the same era.

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