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Oliver Messel (1904-1978), Artist and stage designer

Oliver Hilary Sambourne Messel

Sitter in 26 portraits
Set and costume designer for theatre, opera, ballet and film. Messel's first professional commission was for the ballet Zephyr and Flora (1925). By the early 1930s, Messel was established as one of the foremost stage designers in Britain with an imaginative flair and highly-stylised approach. His work on the film Romeo and Juliet (1936) earned him two Oscar nominations.

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P1304

Oliver Messel

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, published in The Sketch 15 March 1950
NPG P1304

x132026

Oliver Messel

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 25 January 1933
NPG x132026

x132027

Oliver Messel

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 25 January 1933
NPG x132027

x132028

Oliver Messel

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 25 January 1933
NPG x132028

x44780

Oliver Messel

by Gordon Anthony
bromide print, 1937
NPG x44780

x39504

Oliver Messel

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1945
NPG x39504

x39505

Oliver Messel

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1945
NPG x39505

x39508

Oliver Messel

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1945
NPG x39508

x184061

Anne Parsons (née Messel), Countess of Rosse; Oliver Messel

by Desmond O'Neill
bromide press print, November 1958
NPG x184061

x137604

Oliver Messel

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 1 January 1958
NPG x137604

x195621

Oliver Messel

by Francis Goodman
vintage print, 1963-1964
NPG x195621

x132029

Oliver Messel

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 25 January 1933
NPG x132029

x132030

Oliver Messel

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 25 January 1933
NPG x132030

x39502

Oliver Messel

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1945
NPG x39502

x39503

Oliver Messel

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1945
NPG x39503

x39506

Oliver Messel

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1945
NPG x39506

x39507

Oliver Messel

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1945
NPG x39507

x39509

Oliver Messel

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1945
NPG x39509

x39510

Oliver Messel with unidentified assistants

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1945
NPG x39510

x194302

Oliver Messel; Peter Cusick; Merle Oberon

by Carl Perutz
vintage print, circa 1950
NPG x194302

x30078

'The Dark is Light Enough'

by Norman Parkinson
bromide print on card mount, 1954
NPG x30078

x184058

Oliver Messel; Anne Parsons (née Messel), Countess of Rosse

by Van Hallan Press Agency
bromide press print, 28 May 1959
NPG x184058

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