George Bernard Shaw
Augustus Edwin John, RA (Tenby 1879 – Fordingbridge, Hampshire 1961)
Art / Oil paintings
Oil on canvas
400 x 603 mm (23 3/4 x 15 3/4 in)
Place of origin
IrelandOrder this image
Shaw's Corner, Hertfordshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at
Imagine a large country house in Ireland... it is the home of Lady Gregory, a leading light in the Irish Literary Revival. Writers, poets, playwrights and authors are gathered together. Bernard Shaw is here, having his portrait painted by the brilliant bohemian Augustus John. During breaks from sittings, he goes for walks with W B Yeats and photographs John painting and Yeats across misty Irish lakes. This portrait is not just of Shaw; it evokes an entire, and utterly interconnected, era.
Oil painting on canvas, George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) by Augustus John RA (Tenby 1879 – Fordingbridge, Hampshire 1961). A quarter- length portrait, painted in broad individual strokes, with head turned half to his left, wearing a loose grey jacket, yellow shirt and brown tie, against a mid-blue background.
The Shaw Collection. The house and contents were bequeathed to the National Trust by George Bernard Shaw in 1950, together with Shaw's photographic archive.
Shaw’s Corner, The George Bernard Shaw Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Back of canvas: [In pencil on back of canvas] "Bernard Shaw /by /Augustus John"
Makers and roles
Augustus Edwin John, RA (Tenby 1879 – Fordingbridge, Hampshire 1961), artist
Bernard Shaw through the camera :, 1948, p.65