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Elisabeth Welch

(1904-2003), Singer

Sitter in 20 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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Elisabeth Welch, by David Gamble - NPG P635

Elisabeth Welch

by David Gamble
toned bromide print, 1988
NPG P635

Elisabeth Welch, by Carl Van Vechten - NPG x131693

Elisabeth Welch

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

Elisabeth Welch, by Carl Van Vechten - NPG x131694

Elisabeth Welch

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

Elisabeth Welch, by Carl Van Vechten - NPG x131695

Elisabeth Welch

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

Elisabeth Welch, by Humphrey Spender - NPG x131702

Elisabeth Welch

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

Elisabeth Welch, by Humphrey Spender - NPG x14268

Elisabeth Welch

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

Elisabeth Welch, by Cannons of Hollywood (George Frederic Cannons) - NPG x131703

Elisabeth Welch

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

Elisabeth Welch, by Paul Tanqueray - NPG x131689

Elisabeth Welch

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

Elisabeth Welch, by Paul Tanqueray - NPG x131690

Elisabeth Welch

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

Elisabeth Welch, by Paul Tanqueray - NPG x131691

Elisabeth Welch

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

Elisabeth Welch, by Paul Tanqueray - NPG x131692

Elisabeth Welch

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

Elisabeth Welch, by Unknown photographer - NPG x131704

Elisabeth Welch

by Unknown photographer
glossy bromide print, 1935
NPG x131704

Elisabeth Welch, by Kenneth Norton Collins - NPG x131696

Elisabeth Welch

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

Elisabeth Welch, by Kenneth Norton Collins - NPG x131697

Elisabeth Welch

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

Elisabeth Welch, by Kenneth Norton Collins - NPG x131698

Elisabeth Welch

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

Elisabeth Welch, by Rolf - NPG x131701

Elisabeth Welch

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

Elisabeth Welch, by Gee & Watson Ltd - NPG x131699

Elisabeth Welch

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

Elisabeth Welch, by Gee & Watson Ltd - NPG x131700

Elisabeth Welch

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

Elisabeth Welch, by BBC - NPG x199308

Elisabeth Welch

by BBC
bromide print, 7 November 1957
NPG x199308

Elisabeth Welch, by Stuart Robinson - NPG x137145

Elisabeth Welch

by Stuart Robinson
vintage print, 1980
NPG x137145

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