Photograph of Terence Rattigan


A photograph taken in 1950 by the renowned theatrical photographer Angus McBean shows Terence Rattigan looking out through the proscenium arch of a model theatre. He is surrounded by posters, playbills and programmes for his plays, among them French Without Tears (1936) and While The Sun Shines (1943) – which both ran for more than a thousand performances – The Winslow Boy (1946) and The Browning Version (1948), which became his best-known works.

Terence Rattigan’s public profile was that of a gentleman-about-town who enjoyed the finer things in life. The photographs he kept in his archive depict him in stylish surroundings, always well-groomed, often with a cigarette or cigarillo poised elegantly between his fingers.

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Terence Rattigan Papers. Photographs of Terence Rattigan
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Angus McBean
© Angus McBean Photograph © Houghton Library, Harvard University. Houghton Library does not collect usage fees of any kind to license the work of Angus McBean.
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