(William) Miles Malleson

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(William) Miles Malleson, by Hans Schwarz, 1959 - NPG 6068 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

(William) Miles Malleson

by Hans Schwarz
oil on board, 1959
49 3/4 in. x 27 in. (1262 mm x 685 mm)
Given by Bridget Coddington, 1989
Primary Collection
NPG 6068


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  • Hans Schwarz (1922-2003), Painter. Artist of 13 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Malleson's talents as dramatist, director and translator of Molière were eclipsed by his great popularity as a character actor in a wide variety of films. Schwarz painted him as Canon Chasuble in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, a role he played both in the film (1952) and on stage at the Old Vic (1959). His face once inspired the comparison with an 'enraged sheep'.

Given by Mrs Bridget Coddington.

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