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An illustrated talk on Angus McBean (1904-1990). Society, fashion and theatre photographer. A feast for the eye to behold of the good,great and scandalous as captured by McBean’s cameras.

Angus McBean was born in Newbridge, South Wales and attended Newport Art and Technical College. His professional career in the theatre started as a mask-puppet maker and scenery designer with Hugh Cecil as mentor before turning to full-time theatre photography, with his own studios in London.

McBean is famous for his theatrical images of dozens of the great stars of stage & screen in the 1930s through to the 1970s from actors likes Olivier, Gielguid, Vivian Leigh, Audrey Hepburn and later he designed album covers for the iconic musicians like The Beatles.

McBean hit a set back in the second world war years when jailed for four years but bounced back in the later decades to gain a special place in theatre and social history alongside the iconic Cecil Beaton, David Bailey and Tony Armstrong Jones.

Will Cross’s tribute to McBean features over 60 photos of the famous stars, with anecdotes galore.


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Date and Time:

28 February 2020 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



Pontllanfraith Branch of Gwent Historical Association
St Augustine's Church Hall
NP12 2JG

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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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