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Gertrude Lawrence (1898-1952), Actress

Sitter associated with 85 portraits
Actress and singer, Lawrence made her stage debut in Dick Whittington in Brixton in December 1908. Lawrence achieved her first major stage success appearing opposite Noël Coward in his musical revue London Calling (1923), having first met in the Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool in 1912. The musical included one of her many signature songs 'Parisian Pierrot'. Lawrence became Coward's great muse and life-long friend, with the author writing Private Lives (1930) especially for her, and they starred together again in Coward's Tonight at 8.30 (1935).

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Douglas Fairbanks Jr; Gertrude Lawrence

by George Woodbine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 19 August 1934
NPG x136409

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Gertrude Lawrence; Douglas Fairbanks Jr

by Edward George W. Malindine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 18 September 1934
NPG x136410

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Gertrude Lawrence; Douglas Fairbanks Jr

by Edward George W. Malindine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 18 September 1934
NPG x136411

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Gertrude Lawrence

by Francis Goodman
5 x 4 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x68807

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Gertrude Lawrence; Noel Coward

by George Woodbine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 17 September 1935
NPG x88295

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Gertrude Lawrence as the Muse of Comedy

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print on velvet card mount, 1935
NPG x131821

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Gertrude Lawrence

by Madame Yevonde
bromide print on velvet card mount, 1935
NPG x131822

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Gertrude Lawrence in 'Hervey House'

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1935
NPG x46502

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Gertrude Lawrence

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1935
NPG x19920

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Gertrude Lawrence

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1936
NPG x19520

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Gertrude Lawrence

by Dorothy Wilding
whole-plate film negative, 15 October 1939
NPG x29453

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Gertrude Lawrence

by Dorothy Wilding
whole-plate film negative, 15 October 1939
NPG x29454

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Gertrude Lawrence

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 15 October 1939
NPG x29455

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Gertrude Lawrence

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 15 October 1939
NPG x29456

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Gertrude Lawrence

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 15 October 1939
NPG x29457

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Gertrude Lawrence

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 15 October 1939
NPG x29458

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Gertrude Lawrence as Eliza Doolittle in 'Pygmalion'

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film safety negative, 15 October 1939
NPG x29459

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Gertrude Lawrence as Eliza Doolittle in 'Pygmalion'

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film safety negative, 15 October 1939
NPG x29460