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Edward Knoblock (1874-1945), Playwright

Sitter in 6 portraits
His first play, The Shulamite, was staged in 1906, but the one play for which he is now remembered is Kismet, an immediate success in London on opening in 1911. It has been made into several film versions as well as a musical stage adaptation. Born of German parents in New York, he became a naturalised British citizen in 1914 and served in the British Intelligence Service during World War I. After the war, he divided his time between London and Hollywood, writing for the film company of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. He wrote some thirty or forty plays and many screenplays, the best-known being The Three Musketeers (1921) and Robin Hood (1922).

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Edward Knoblock

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3481

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Edward Knoblock

by Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson
pen and ink, 1930s?
NPG 6470

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Edward Knoblock

by Sir John Lavery
oil on canvasboard, circa 1930
NPG 6471

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Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends

by Philip Edward Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1925
NPG Ax142212

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Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends

by Philip Edward Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1925
NPG Ax142214