© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz Click on the links below to find out more
dye transfer print, 1 May 1977
15 5/8 in. x 15 3/8 in. (397 mm x 389 mm)
Given by Bernard Lee Schwartz Foundation, 2007
- Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000), Actor and theatre director. Sitter in 120 portraits.
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