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Frankie Howerd (1922-1992), Comedian

Frankie Howerd (Francis Alex Howard)

Sitter in 10 portraits
Camp and often lugubrious, Howerd began his career entertaining troops in the Second World War. The radio show Variety Bandbox from 1947 made him a household name. In the early 1960s, performing at Peter Cook's The Establishment Club helped to revive his career from a temporary decline. During the 1950s and 1960s Howerd appeared in several films, including The Runaway Bus, The Lady Killers, Carry on Doctor and The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery. Television successes included The Frankie Howerd Show (1953-56), That was the Week That Was (1962) and the immensely popular, innuendo-filled Up Pompeii, made between 1969 and 1991.

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Frankie Howerd

by Barry Ernest Fantoni
pencil and gouache, 1978
NPG 6783


Frankie Howerd

by Vivienne
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG x87948


Frankie Howerd

by Vivienne
vintage bromide print, 1957
NPG x87947


Frankie Howerd (Francis Alex Howard)

by Philip Townsend
bromide fibre print, 1964
NPG x135385


Frankie Howerd

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 5 March 1969
NPG x165925


Frankie Howerd

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 5 March 1969
NPG x165926


Frankie Howerd

by Michael Ward
toned bromide print, 1970
NPG x125323


Frankie Howerd

by Vincent Gillett
bromide print, 1980s
NPG x35913


Frankie Howerd

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, early 1970s?
NPG D17941(58)


Frankie Howerd

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, early 1970s?
NPG D17941(14)

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