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Dame Gwen Lucy Ffrangcon-Davies (1891-1992), Actress

Sitter in 12 portraits
Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies made her stage debut in 1911 as a fairy in A Midsummer Night's Dream. In 1924, she first played Juliet to Sir John Gielgud's Romeo, starting a stage partnership that was to last for almost half a century. In 1938, she appeared with Ivor Novello in a production of Henry V at Drury Lane. In the same year, she appeared as Mrs Manningham in the first production of Gas Light by Patrick Hamilton. Ffrangcon-Davies was a founder member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, which she joined for its first London season in 1961. She retired from the stage in 1970, but continued to appear on radio and television. Her films include The Witches (1966) and The Devil Rides Out (1968).

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P893

Dame Gwen Lucy Ffrangcon-Davies

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1938
NPG P893

x132001

Dame Gwen Lucy Ffrangcon-Davies

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 27 June 1928
NPG x132001

x132002

Dame Gwen Lucy Ffrangcon-Davies

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 27 June 1928
NPG x132002

x132003

Dame Gwen Lucy Ffrangcon-Davies

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 27 June 1928
NPG x132003

x132004

Dame Gwen Lucy Ffrangcon-Davies

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 27 June 1928
NPG x132004

x132005

Dame Gwen Lucy Ffrangcon-Davies

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 27 June 1928
NPG x132005

x35162

Dame Gwen Lucy Ffrangcon-Davies

by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies
bromide fibre print, 1990
NPG x35162

x38420

Dame Gwen Lucy Ffrangcon-Davies

by Nicholas Sinclair
platinum print, 1991
NPG x38420

x193346

Dame Gwen Lucy Ffrangcon-Davies

by Angus McBean
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 23 February 1949
NPG x193346

x5842

The cast of 'King Lear'

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1950
NPG x5842

D521

Dame Gwen Lucy Ffrangcon-Davies

by Hubert Leslie
silhouette, 1920s-1940s
NPG D521