H. Granville Barker

Frederick H. Evans, British, 1853 - 1943

Photograph taken in England, Europe

c. 1900

Platinum print

Image and sheet: 8 7/8 × 6 1/8 inches (22.5 × 15.5 cm) Mount: 16 3/16 × 10 9/16 inches (41.1 × 26.9 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Purchased with funds contributed by Dorothy Norman, 1973

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Harley Granville Barker (British, 1877-1946) was an actor, playwright, critic, and prominent member of the Stage Society, a London-based group dedicated to the performance of banned and censored plays. Evans may have met Barker through fellow Stage Society member George Bernard Shaw (Irish, 1856-1950), the photographer's trusted friend and supporter. This image is typical of Evans's portrait style: a tightly cropped, soft-focus composition draws attention to Barker's expression, while the book he holds suggests his close relationship with the written word.