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Gertrude Lawrence (1898-1952), Actress

Sitter associated with 87 portraits
Actress and singer, Lawrence made her stage debut in Dick Whittington in Brixton in December 1908. Lawrence achieved her first major stage success appearing opposite Noël Coward in his musical revue London Calling (1923), having first met in the Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool in 1912. The musical included one of her many signature songs 'Parisian Pierrot'. Lawrence became Coward's great muse and life-long friend, with the author writing Private Lives (1930) especially for her, and they starred together again in Coward's Tonight at 8.30 (1935).

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P871(2)

Gertrude Lawrence possibly as the Muse of Comedy

by Madame Yevonde
Vivex colour print, July 1936
NPG P871(2)

x30636

Gertrude Lawrence

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass copy negative, March 1917
NPG x30636

x30637

Gertrude Lawrence

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass copy negative, March 1917
NPG x30637

x30638

Gertrude Lawrence

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass copy negative, March 1917
NPG x30638

x30909

Gertrude Lawrence

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 5 March 1917
NPG x30909

x30910

Gertrude Lawrence

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 5 March 1917
NPG x30910

x14707

Gertrude Lawrence

by Alfred G. Wager
bromide print, 1920s
NPG x14707

x184006

Gertrude Lawrence; Pamela Howley

by Raoul Barba
bromide press print, 1920s
NPG x184006

Ax160428

Gertrude Lawrence

by Unknown photographer
hand-coloured bromide postcard print, 1923
NPG Ax160428

x133225

Gertrude Lawrence

by Bertram Park
chlorobromide print, 1928
NPG x133225

x193433

Gertrude Lawrence

by Baron George Hoyningen-Huene
halftone reproduction tear sheet, September 1928
NPG x193433

x14127

Gertrude Lawrence

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1930
NPG x14127

x40250

Gertrude Lawrence

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1930
NPG x40250

x40249

Gertrude Lawrence

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1930
NPG x40249

x40248

Gertrude Lawrence

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1930
NPG x40248

x29700

Gertrude Lawrence

by Paul Tanqueray
modern bromide print from original negative, 1932
NPG x29700

x135854

Gertrude Lawrence

by Paul Tanqueray
vintage bromide print, 1932
NPG x135854

x180223

Gertrude Lawrence

by Paul Tanqueray
half-plate glass negative, 1932
NPG x180223

x136412

Clifford Lely Mollison; (Elsie) Evelyn Laye; Sir Gerald Du Maurier; Nelson Keep; Gertrude Lawrence

by George Woodbine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 23 February 1932
NPG x136412

x19916

Gertrude Lawrence

by Paul Tanqueray
vintage bromide print, 1932
NPG x19916

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