Vivien Leigh; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

1 portrait on display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery

Vivien Leigh; Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier

by James Abbe Jr
toned vintage bromide print, 1939
11 5/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (294 mm x 240 mm)
Given by Kathryn Abbe, 2001
Photographs Collection
NPG x88923


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  • James Abbe Jr (1912-1999), Photographer; son of James Abbe. Artist of 1 portrait.

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Leigh was in the middle of shooting scene retakes when Abbe Jr (the son of James Abbe) who worked as a fashion and portrait photographer for magazines in the late 1930/40s was commissioned to photograph her on set for the September 1939 issue of Ladies' Home Journal. This photograph was taken when Olivier came to meet her at the studio.