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John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux'

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John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux', by Yvonne Gregory, 20 January 1933 - NPG P140(31) - © estate of Yvonne Gregory / Camera Press

© estate of Yvonne Gregory / Camera Press

John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux'

by Yvonne Gregory
bromide print, 20 January 1933
11 1/4 in. x 8 1/4 in. (286 mm x 210 mm)
Purchased, 1980
Primary Collection
NPG P140(31)


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Sitterback to top

  • Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000), Actor and theatre director. Sitter in 113 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Yvonne Gregory (1889-1970), Photographer; wife of Bertram Park. Artist of 69 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

This portraitback to top

Gielgud's fame before the Second World War was as a Shakespearian actor and director, skills he re-deployed in the triumphant one-man Shakespeare recital, Ages of Man, with which he toured the world in 1959. A versatile talent, among other works in the modern repertoire he directed and played in Christopher Fry's The Lady's Not for Burning in 1949. This portrait by Yvonne Gregory records his first popular success as Richard II in Miss Gordon Daviot's romantic comedy Richard of Bordeaux, which he also directed. The play opened at the the New Theatre, London, and ran for over a year.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 211
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 245