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John Gielgud (1904-2000), Actor and theatre director

Sir John Gielgud

Sitter in 120 portraits
Born into a theatrical tradition - Ellen Terry was his great aunt and his father's Polish grandmother was also an actress. He made his professional debut in 1921 at the Old Vic and it was there that his performances in Richard II and Hamlet in 1929 propelled him to fame. Gielgud's fame before the War was as a Shakespearean actor and director, skills he re-deployed in the triumphant one-man Shakespeare recital, Ages of Man, with which he toured the world in 1959. A versatile talent, he directed and played in Christopher Fry's The Lady's Not for Burning in 1949. He won an Oscar for his film role in Arthur (1981). As late as 1998 he starred in The Titchborne Claimant.

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P140(31)

John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux'

by Yvonne Gregory
bromide print, 20 January 1933
NPG P140(31)

P140(32)

John Gielgud

by Gilbert Adams
bromide print, 1933
NPG P140(32)

P504

John Gielgud

by Carl Van Vechten
vintage print, 1936
NPG P504

P60

John Gielgud

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1959
NPG P60

P1173

John Gielgud

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 1 May 1977
NPG P1173

P1174

John Gielgud

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 1 May 1977
NPG P1174

P150(41)

John Gielgud; Sir Ralph David Richardson

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1978
NPG P150(41)

5780

John Gielgud

by David Remfry
oil on canvas, 1984
NPG 5780

P717(8)

John Gielgud

by John Swannell
Iris print, 1991
NPG P717(8)

x16637

John Gielgud

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative
NPG x16637

x16639

John Gielgud

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative
NPG x16639

x16640

John Gielgud

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative
NPG x16640

x16641

John Gielgud

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative
NPG x16641

x16642

John Gielgud

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative
NPG x16642

x16643

John Gielgud

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative
NPG x16643

x16644

John Gielgud

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative
NPG x16644

x16645

John Gielgud

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative
NPG x16645

x198112

Sir John Gielgud

by Madame Yevonde
bromide postcard print, 1929-1931
NPG x198112

x198113

Sir John Gielgud

by Sybil Clay
bromide postcard print, 1929-1931
NPG x198113

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