Search the Collection

James Abbe

(1883-1973), American photographer

Sitter in 4 portraits
Artist associated with 12 portraits
Photographer. Abbe started his career in New York and Hollywood, making Paris his base in the 1920s with a studio in the same road as Man Ray. He specialised in subjects from the theatre as well as fashion designers and was a pioneer of photojournalism. He was the subject of an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery held in 1995, The Lure of the Limelight.

List Thumbnail

Edward Henry Molyneux, by James Abbe - NPG P878

Edward Henry Molyneux

by James Abbe
bromide print, 1920s
NPG P878

Dame Gladys Cooper, by James Abbe - NPG x38393

Dame Gladys Cooper

by James Abbe
cream-toned vintage bromide print, 1920s
NPG x38393

José Collins, by James Abbe - NPG x135829

José Collins

by James Abbe
vintage bromide print, 1920s
NPG x135829

Charlie Chaplin on-set for 'The Pilgrim', by James Abbe - NPG x138888

Charlie Chaplin on-set for 'The Pilgrim'

by James Abbe
vintage bromide print, 1922
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x138888

Charlie Chaplin on-set for 'The Pilgrim', by James Abbe - NPG x193425

Charlie Chaplin on-set for 'The Pilgrim'

by James Abbe
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published October 1922
NPG x193425

Louise Browne, by James Abbe - NPG x126739

Louise Browne

by James Abbe
cream-toned vintage bromide print, 1927
NPG x126739

Louise Browne, by James Abbe - NPG x127033

Louise Browne

by James Abbe
cream-toned vintage bromide print, 1927
NPG x127033

Louise Browne, by James Abbe - NPG x127034

Louise Browne

by James Abbe
cream-toned vintage bromide print, 1927
NPG x127034

Louise Browne, by James Abbe - NPG x127035

Louise Browne

by James Abbe
cream-toned vintage bromide print, 1927
NPG x127035

Louise Browne, by James Abbe - NPG x127036

Louise Browne

by James Abbe
cream-toned vintage bromide print, 1927
NPG x127036

Louise Browne, possibly by James Abbe - NPG x127037

Louise Browne

possibly by James Abbe
cream-toned vintage bromide print, 1927
NPG x127037

Jessie Matthews, by James Abbe - NPG x184054

Jessie Matthews

by James Abbe
vintage bromide print, 1928
NPG x184054

Related People

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.