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John Gielgud

(1904-2000), Actor and theatre director

Sir John Gielgud

Sitter in 123 portraits
Born into a theatrical tradition - Ellen Terry was his great aunt and his father's Polish grandmother was also an actress. He made his professional debut in 1921 at the Old Vic and it was there that his performances in Richard II and Hamlet in 1929 propelled him to fame. Gielgud's fame before the War was as a Shakespearean 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, he directed and played in Christopher Fry's The Lady's Not for Burning in 1949. He won an Oscar for his film role in Arthur (1981). As late as 1998 he starred in The Titchborne Claimant.

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John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux', by Yvonne Gregory - NPG P140(31)

John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux'

by Yvonne Gregory
bromide print, 20 January 1933
NPG P140(31)

John Gielgud, by Gilbert Adams - NPG P140(32)

John Gielgud

by Gilbert Adams
bromide print, 1933
NPG P140(32)

John Gielgud, by Carl Van Vechten - NPG P504

John Gielgud

by Carl Van Vechten
vintage print, 1936
NPG P504

John Gielgud, by Angus McBean - NPG P60

John Gielgud

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1959
NPG P60

John Gielgud, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1173

John Gielgud

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 1 May 1977
NPG P1173

John Gielgud, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1174

John Gielgud

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 1 May 1977
NPG P1174

John Gielgud; Sir Ralph Richardson, by Arnold Newman - NPG P150(41)

John Gielgud; Sir Ralph Richardson

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1978
NPG P150(41)

John Gielgud, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P1875

John Gielgud

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 5 May 1982
NPG P1875

John Gielgud, by David Remfry - NPG 5780

John Gielgud

by David Remfry
oil on canvas, 1984
NPG 5780

John Gielgud, by John Swannell - NPG P717(8)

John Gielgud

by John Swannell
Iris print, 1991
NPG P717(8)

John Gielgud, by Madame Yevonde - NPG x198112

John Gielgud

by Madame Yevonde
bromide postcard print, 1929-1931
NPG x198112

John Gielgud, by Sybil Clay - NPG x198113

John Gielgud

by Sybil Clay
bromide postcard print, 1929-1931
NPG x198113

John Gielgud, by Cyril Arapoff - NPG x16863

John Gielgud

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16863

John Gielgud, by Cyril Arapoff - NPG x16865

John Gielgud

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16865

John Gielgud, by Cyril Arapoff - NPG x16864

John Gielgud

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16864

John Gielgud, by Cyril Arapoff - NPG x16866

John Gielgud

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16866

John Gielgud, by Cyril Arapoff - NPG x16867

John Gielgud

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16867

John Gielgud, by Cyril Arapoff - NPG x16868

John Gielgud

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16868

John Gielgud, by Cyril Arapoff - NPG x16869

John Gielgud

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16869

John Gielgud, by Cyril Arapoff - NPG x16870

John Gielgud

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16870

John Gielgud, by Cyril Arapoff - NPG x16871

John Gielgud

by Cyril Arapoff
film negative, 1930s
NPG x16871

John Gielgud, by Paul Tanqueray - NPG x15485

John Gielgud

by Paul Tanqueray
bromide print, 1932
NPG x15485

John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux', by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x132018

John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux'

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 20 January 1933
NPG x132018

John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux', by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x132019

John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux'

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 20 January 1933
NPG x132019

John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux', by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x132020

John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux'

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 20 January 1933
NPG x132020

John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux', by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x132021

John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux'

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 20 January 1933
NPG x132021

John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux', by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x132022

John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux'

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 20 January 1933
NPG x132022

John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux', by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x132023

John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux'

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 20 January 1933
NPG x132023

John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux', by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x132024

John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux'

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 20 January 1933
NPG x132024

John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux', by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x132025

John Gielgud as Richard II in 'Richard of Bordeaux'

by Yvonne Gregory
half-plate glass negative, 20 January 1933
NPG x132025

John Gielgud, by Howard Coster - NPG x14493

John Gielgud

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1933
NPG x14493

John Gielgud, by Howard Coster - NPG x14494

John Gielgud

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1933
NPG x14494

John Gielgud, by Howard Coster - NPG x14495

John Gielgud

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1933
NPG x14495

John Gielgud, by Yvonne Gregory - NPG x199948

John Gielgud

by Yvonne Gregory
gelatin silver print, 1934
NPG x199948

John Gielgud; Sir Alec Guinness, by Howard Coster - NPG x14507

John Gielgud; Sir Alec Guinness

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x14507

John Gielgud; George Howe, by Howard Coster - NPG x14508

John Gielgud; George Howe

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x14508

John Gielgud; Cecil Winter, by Howard Coster - NPG x14509

John Gielgud; Cecil Winter

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x14509

John Gielgud as Romeo in 'Romeo and Juliet', by Howard Coster - NPG x14512

John Gielgud as Romeo in 'Romeo and Juliet'

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x14512

John Gielgud; George Howe, by Howard Coster - NPG x14513

John Gielgud; George Howe

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x14513

John Gielgud; Cecil Winter, by Howard Coster - NPG x14514

John Gielgud; Cecil Winter

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x14514

John Gielgud as Romeo in 'Romeo and Juliet', by Howard Coster - NPG x14516

John Gielgud as Romeo in 'Romeo and Juliet'

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x14516

John Gielgud; Dame Peggy Ashcroft, by Howard Coster - NPG x14524

John Gielgud; Dame Peggy Ashcroft

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x14524

John Gielgud; Dame Peggy Ashcroft, by Howard Coster - NPG x14525

John Gielgud; Dame Peggy Ashcroft

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x14525

John Gielgud, by Gordon Anthony - NPG x44791

John Gielgud

by Gordon Anthony
modern bromide print from original negative, 1937
NPG x44791

John Gielgud as Richard II, by Howard Coster - NPG x14532

John Gielgud as Richard II

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x14532

John Gielgud as Richard II, by Howard Coster - NPG x14533

John Gielgud as Richard II

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x14533

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