'Mr. Bernard Shaw', 1893.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A photographic portrait of George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), taken by W & D Downey. Irishman Bernard Shaw was an active Socialist and a brilliant platform speaker. A playwright and literary critic, Shaw received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925. One of Shaw's most famous and popular plays is 'Pygmalion' (1913), later adapted to become the musical 'My Fair Lady' in 1956. This photograph appears in 'The Cabinet Portrait Gallery' series of celebrity portraits and biographies published in the 1890s. The series includes royalty, actors, academics and authors.