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John Gielgud (1904-2000), Actor and theatre director

Sir John Gielgud

Sitter in 112 portraits
Born into a theatrical tradition - Ellen Terry was his great aunt and his father's Polish grandmother was also an actress. He made his professional debut in 1921 at the Old Vic and it was there that his performances in Richard II and Hamlet in 1929 propelled him to fame. Gielgud's fame before the War was as a Shakespearean actor and director, skills he re-deployed in the triumphant one-man Shakespeare recital, Ages of Man, with which he toured the world in 1959. A versatile talent, he directed and played in Christopher Fry's The Lady's Not for Burning in 1949. He won an Oscar for his film role in Arthur (1981). As late as 1998 he starred in The Titchborne Claimant.

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x1857

John Gielgud

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1953
NPG x1857

x14084

John Gielgud

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, published 1953
NPG x14084

x194272

John Gielgud; Orson Welles; Sir Ralph David Richardson

by Central Press
vintage print, 1 October 1954
NPG x194272

x184382

John Gielgud

by Central Press
vintage print, 1 May 1956
NPG x184382

x16374

John Gielgud

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 10 February 1969
NPG x16374

x16375

John Gielgud

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 10 February 1969
NPG x16375

x131735

John Gielgud

by Madame Yevonde
black and white reprint on card mount, circa 1972
NPG x131735

D17941(35)

John Gielgud

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, early 1970s?
NPG D17941(35)

D17943(51)

John Gielgud

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, early 1970s
NPG D17943(51)

P1875

Sir John Gielgud

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 5 May 1982
NPG P1875

x16638

John Gielgud

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative
NPG x16638

x16863

John Gielgud

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16863

x16865

John Gielgud

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16865

x16864

John Gielgud

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16864

x16866

John Gielgud

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16866

x16867

John Gielgud

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16867

x16868

John Gielgud

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16868

x16869

John Gielgud

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16869

x16870

John Gielgud

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16870