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John Vere Brown

John Vere BrownIn 1958/59 the painter and photographer John Vere Brown (1925 - 2000) started work on a book of Venetian culture (provisionally called Venice: a Social Aesthetic) which was to be illustrated by his own photos.

The book progressed as far as an initial paste-up - typewritten text and photos - but no further, and when John died in 2000 the mock-up was found amongst his effects. These photos are now seen here publicly for the first time, and prints from original negatives are offered for sale.

John Vere Brown trained as a painter at the Kingston School of Art during the war, and started taking photographs during his military service in India in the years leading up to partition. By the 1960s he had become a well-known photographer of actors and theatrical productions.

His portrait photos of actors in the 60s and 70s, which we can now see as a compendium of actors and actresses working in the British theatre at the time, are now held in the Mander and Mitcheson Theatre Collection. In the 70s he photographed the groundbreaking productions at the Glasgow Citizens theatre, photos which preserve the look and the feel and the excitement of those productions which were so important in the history of the British theatre.

He also photographed a number of well-known figures of his time, photos which are now held by The National Portrait Gallery. He also took pictures of gardens for magazines like House & Garden, and produced countless photos of houses - stately and otherwise - for his many contributions to The World of Interiors. The Victoria and Albert Museum has extensive holdings of his material in its archives. The archives are also listed on the National Art Library catalogue.

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