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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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Oliver Messel

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

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Oliver Messel

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

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Oliver Messel with unidentified assistants

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

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Oliver Messel; Peter Cusick; Merle Oberon

by Carl Perutz
vintage print, circa 1950
NPG x194302

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'The Dark is Light Enough'

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

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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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