© National Portrait Gallery, London
Gertrude Lawrence; Richard Stoddard Aldrich
by Dorothy Wilding Click on the links below to find out more
chlorobromide print, 15 February 1942
9 in. x 6 5/8 in. (230 mm x 170 mm)
Given by the photographer's sister, Susan Morton, 1976
- Richard Stoddard Aldrich (1902-1986), Theatre producer; lieutenant-commander USNR; husband of Gertrude Lawrence. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Gertrude Lawrence (1898-1952), Actress. Sitter associated with 89 portraits.
- Dorothy Wilding (1893-1976), Photographer. Artist associated with 2147 portraits, Sitter in 30 portraits.
- Pepper, Terence, In Pursuit of Perfection: The Photographs of Dorothy Wilding, 1991 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 July 1991 - 29 September 1991), p. 87
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