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Yolanda Sonnabend (1935-), Theatre designer; artist

Sitter in 3 portraits
Artist of 9 portraits
Born in Rhodesia, she studied painting and stage design at the Slade (1955-60). Taught at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, the Slade, the Central School and Wimbledon. A designer for theatre and ballet, she has worked for the Royal Opera House and the Royal Ballet, as well as Sadler's Wells, the Oxford Playhouse and the Stuttgart Ballet company. As well as being included in Twenty Years of British Stage design, a British Council show which toured Europe, she has exhibited paintings and designs in London, Paris, Verona, Cologne and Milan. In 2000 she won the Garrick-Milne prize for theatrical portrait painting.

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Roberto Gerhard

by Yolanda Sonnabend
pencil and charcoal, 1965
NPG 5570


Steven Berkoff

by Yolanda Sonnabend
oil on canvas, 1983
NPG 6560


Norman Wingate Pirie

by Yolanda Sonnabend
oil on canvas, 1984
NPG 5714


Stephen William Hawking

by Yolanda Sonnabend
oil on canvas, 1985
NPG 5799


Stephen William Hawking

by Yolanda Sonnabend
pencil, 1985
NPG 6802(1)


Stephen William Hawking

by Yolanda Sonnabend
pencil, 1985
NPG 6802(2)


Stephen William Hawking

by Yolanda Sonnabend
pencil, 1985
NPG 6802(3)


Sir Kenneth Macmillan

by Yolanda Sonnabend
oil on canvas, 1988
NPG 6146


Joseph Needham

by Yolanda Sonnabend
oil on canvas, 1988
NPG 6571

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