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Elisabeth Welch (1904-2003), Singer

Sitter in 19 portraits
Born in New York, she made her Broadway debut in 1922 but left America to work in Paris in 1929. There met Cole Porter who invited her to appear in his musical Nymph Errant (1933) in London. Settled in England, becoming one of the great divas of the stage musical and further endearing herself to British audiences in the BBC Radio series Soft Lights and Sweet Music during the 1930s. Also appeared in numerous films including Around the Town (1938), Over the Moon (1937) This was Paris (1942) and Fiddlers Three (1944). In her final screen appearance, dressed in gold, she delivered the torch song Stormy Weather in Derek Jarman's adaptation of The Tempest.

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P635

Elisabeth Welch

by David Gamble
toned bromide print, 1988
NPG P635

x131693

Elisabeth Welch

by Carl Van Vechten
cream-toned bromide print, 14 January 1933
NPG x131693

x131694

Elisabeth Welch

by Carl Van Vechten
cream-toned bromide print, 14 January 1933
NPG x131694

x131695

Elisabeth Welch

by Carl Van Vechten
cream-toned bromide print, 14 January 1933
NPG x131695

x131702

Elisabeth Welch

by Humphrey Spender
bromide print on card mount, June 1933
NPG x131702

x14268

Elisabeth Welch

by Humphrey Spender
bromide print on card mount, June 1933
NPG x14268

x131703

Elisabeth Welch

by Cannons of Hollywood (George Frederic Cannons)
cream-toned bromide print, 1934
NPG x131703

x131689

Elisabeth Welch

by Paul Tanqueray
cream-toned bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1935
NPG x131689

x131690

Elisabeth Welch

by Paul Tanqueray
cream-toned bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1935
NPG x131690

x131691

Elisabeth Welch

by Paul Tanqueray
cream-toned bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1935
NPG x131691

x131692

Elisabeth Welch

by Paul Tanqueray
cream-toned bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1935
NPG x131692

x131704

Elisabeth Welch

by Unknown photographer
glossy bromide print, 1935
NPG x131704

x131696

Elisabeth Welch

by Kenneth Norton Collins
matte bromide print on card, 1936
NPG x131696

x131697

Elisabeth Welch

by Kenneth Norton Collins
matte bromide print on card, 1936
NPG x131697

x131698

Elisabeth Welch

by Kenneth Norton Collins
matte bromide print on card, 1936
NPG x131698

x131701

Elisabeth Welch

by Rolf
bromide print on cream card mount, 1936
NPG x131701

x131699

Elisabeth Welch

by Gee & Watson Ltd
cream-toned bromide print on card, 1946
NPG x131699

x131700

Elisabeth Welch

by Gee & Watson Ltd
cream-toned bromide print, 1946
NPG x131700

x137145

Elisabeth Welch

by Stuart Robinson
vintage print, 1980
NPG x137145

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