Search the Collection

Mercedes Gleitze (1900-1981), Swimmer

Sitter in 4 portraits
Swimmer. Born in Brighton, Gleitze set many records for endurance in swimming, as well as being the first British woman to swim the English Channel in 1927, and the first to swim the Straits of Gibraltar in 1928. After her retirement in 1932, she devoted her fortune to temporary accommodation for people in distressed areas.

List Thumbnail


Mercedes Gleitze

by J.P. Bamber Studios of Blackpool
vintage print, 1928
NPG P872


Mercedes Gleitze

by Underwood & Underwood
vintage print, 26 June 1928
NPG x136729


Mercedes Gleitze

by Navana Ltd
postcard print, 1930s
NPG x136621


Mercedes Gleitze; Patrick Joseph Carey

by J.P. Bamber Studios of Blackpool
modern print from original negative, 1930
NPG x136692

Related People



Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, something missing, or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have any information to share please complete the form below

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.


How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.