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Oliver Messel

(1904-1978), Artist and stage designer

Oliver Hilary Sambourne Messel

Sitter in 26 portraits
Set and costume designer for theatre, opera, ballet and film. Messel's first professional commission was for the ballet Zephyr and Flora (1925). By the early 1930s, Messel was established as one of the foremost stage designers in Britain with an imaginative flair and highly-stylised approach. His work on the film Romeo and Juliet (1936) earned him two Oscar nominations.

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Oliver Messel, by Angus McBean - NPG P1304

Oliver Messel

by Angus McBean
vintage bromide print, published in The Sketch 15 March 1950
NPG P1304

Oliver Messel, by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x132026

Oliver Messel

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 25 January 1933
NPG x132026

Oliver Messel, by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x132027

Oliver Messel

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 25 January 1933
NPG x132027

Oliver Messel, by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x132028

Oliver Messel

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 25 January 1933
NPG x132028

Oliver Messel, by Gordon Anthony - NPG x44780

Oliver Messel

by Gordon Anthony
bromide print, 1937
NPG x44780

Oliver Messel, by Francis Goodman - NPG x39504

Oliver Messel

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1945
NPG x39504

Oliver Messel, by Francis Goodman - NPG x39505

Oliver Messel

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1945
NPG x39505

Oliver Messel, by Francis Goodman - NPG x39508

Oliver Messel

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1945
NPG x39508

Anne Parsons (née Messel), Countess of Rosse; Oliver Messel, by Desmond O'Neill - NPG x184061

Anne Parsons (née Messel), Countess of Rosse; Oliver Messel

by Desmond O'Neill
bromide press print, November 1958
NPG x184061

Oliver Messel, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x137604

Oliver Messel

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 1 January 1958
NPG x137604

Oliver Messel, by Francis Goodman - NPG x195621

Oliver Messel

by Francis Goodman
vintage print, 1963-1964
NPG x195621

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Oliver Messel

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 25 January 1933
NPG x132029

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Oliver Messel

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 25 January 1933
NPG x132030

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Oliver Messel

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1945
NPG x39502

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Oliver Messel

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1945
NPG x39503

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Oliver Messel

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1945
NPG x39506

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