Coburn Collection

Alvin Langdon Coburn (1882-1966) was an innovative American-born photographer who worked in Britain. He pioneered the vortograph, an abstract work produced using mirrors in a vortoscope. His portrait photographs were published in two works, Men of Mark (1913) and More Men of Mark (1922).

Read more about Coburn photographs 1912 to 1923.

Library Collection


Date – 1900s to date

Extent – 16 books illustrated by Coburn

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Archive Collection

Reference – MS 5683         Date – c. 1913          Extent – 1 folder

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  • Possible original images by Alvin Langdon Coburn from his Men of Mark series including: Mark Twain; Ezra Pound (copy); W B Yeats; George Moore; G K Chesterton; George Bernard Shaw; Thomas Hardy (2 images copies); H G Wells; Robert Bridges; Arthur Symons; William Orpen; Max Beerbolm; Joseph Conrad (copy); Henry James (copy); Gertrude Stein (copy).
  • A description is available on our online database