Ivor Novello (1893-1951), Actor-manager, dramatist and composer
Sitter in 36 portraits
Composer, actor and dramatist, Novello made his name in 1914 with the wartime favourite Till The Boys Come Home (Keep The Home Fires Burning), to words by American poet, Lena Guilbert Ford. While working for the Air Ministry he enjoyed success with the score, co-written by Jerome Kern for the musical comedy Theodore & Co at the Gaiety Theatre, London (1916). Novello went on to achieve further fame as a performer and writer on stage and in films, writing and producing numerous comedies including Careless Rapture (1936), The Dancing Years (1939) and King's Rhapsody (1949).