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George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright and co-founder of the London School of Economics. He wrote more than 60 plays and is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize in Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938). In 1925 he was staying in Thurso; he had been ill and his wife had taken him to Caithness and then to Orkney for his convalescence, and it is probable this portrait dates from that time.


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