“…George Bernard Shaw will be exposed, stripped bare as never before, when the contents of cupboards and drawers, albums and boxes crammed into his last home go on display for the first time –
- the thousands of photographs that were the Nobel laureate’s other great passion in life.
An exhibition of original prints will open at the National Trust’s Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock, Wiltshire, on Thursday – while the guardian of Shaw’s photographic archive, the London School of Economics, has mounted an online exhibition as well.
Both have astonishing images, including several of Shaw naked, apart from his whiskers.
From 10,000 images, mostly printed by Shaw, Roger Watson, curator of the Lacock exhibition, has chosen a startling self-portrait of the playwright lying on a sofa, lit by a single overhead lamp, naked apart from a strategically placed book.
Shaw’s long, skinny body could be a medieval tomb carving, apart from the hints in the shadows of a 20th-century background…”
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