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Ernest Frederic Graham Thesiger (1879-1961), Actor

Sitter in 6 portraits
Actor. Thesiger was a contemporary of Augustus John at the Slade School of Art in the 1890s and continued to paint and exhibit. His acting career began as an amateur, but invalided out of the War in 1915, he progressed to the professional stage. G.B.Shaw adopted him as one of his favourite actors. He appeared in St Joan in 1924, and created the parts of the 'Microbe' in Too True to be Good, the British Foreign Secretary in Geneva, and Charles II in Good King Charles's Golden Days. He appeared in Gielgud's wartime Macbeth and continued to appear on stage until the last weeks of his life.

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Ernest Frederic Graham Thesiger

by Sir Gerald Kelly
oil on canvas, 1920
NPG 5571


Colin Clive; Elsa Lanchester; Ernest Frederic Graham Thesiger in 'The Bride of Frankenstein'

by Universal Studios
bromide print, 1935
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x138131


Ernest Frederic Graham Thesiger

by Karl Pollak
chlorobromide print on card mount, circa 1948
NPG x15051


Ernest Frederic Graham Thesiger

by Dudley Glanfield
bromide print
NPG x45241