The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Search the Collection

Cornel Lucas

(1920-2012), Photographer

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist of 68 portraits
At fifteen he started work in a film-processing laboratory and studied photography at the Regent Street Polytechnic. He worked at the RAF Photographic School at Farnborough during the war, before going to work at Denham Studios in 1945. Lucas was so successful that the Rank Organisation set up a specially equipped studio at Pinewood for him to photograph the major stars they had under contract. During the 1940s and 1950s he took thousands of photographs, creating many iconic images of the leading players of the era. In 1959 he opened his own studio on Flood Street, Chelsea, working in advertising and fashion photography as well as portraiture.

Tell us More

List Thumbnail

Stewart Granger, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x87111

Stewart Granger

by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print, 1946
NPG x87111

Jean Simmons, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x23308

Jean Simmons

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1948
NPG x23308

Jean Simmons, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127225

Jean Simmons

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1948
NPG x127225

Anouk Aimée, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127226

Anouk Aimée

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1949
NPG x127226

Sir Dirk Bogarde, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x128645

Sir Dirk Bogarde

by Cornel Lucas
glossy bromide print, 1950s
NPG x128645

Anthony Asquith, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x35130

Anthony Asquith

by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print on card mount, 1950s
NPG x35130

Anthony Asquith, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x87107

Anthony Asquith

by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print, 1950s
NPG x87107

Sir John Mills, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127295

Sir John Mills

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x127295

Joan Collins, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x27871

Joan Collins

by Cornel Lucas
modern C-type colour print from original negative, 1951
NPG x27871

Marlene Dietrich, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127224

Marlene Dietrich

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1951
NPG x127224

Diana Dors, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127228

Diana Dors

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1951
NPG x127228

Marlene Dietrich, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127257

Marlene Dietrich

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1951
NPG x127257

Joan Collins, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x87108

Joan Collins

by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print, 1952
NPG x87108

Sir Donald Alfred Sinden, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x87115

Sir Donald Alfred Sinden

by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print, 1952
NPG x87115

Sir Dirk Bogarde, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x23301

Sir Dirk Bogarde

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1952
NPG x23301

Cornel Lucas, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127031

Cornel Lucas

by Cornel Lucas
resin print, 1952
NPG x127031

Joan Collins, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127232

Joan Collins

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1952
NPG x127232

Kenneth More, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127231

Kenneth More

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1952
NPG x127231

David Niven, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x87113

David Niven

by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print, 1954
NPG x87113

Belinda Lee, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x193452

Belinda Lee

by Cornel Lucas
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 18 August 1954
NPG x193452

Diana Dors, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x87109

Diana Dors

by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print, 1954
NPG x87109

Virginia McKenna, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x27888

Virginia McKenna

by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print, 1954
NPG x27888

Sir Alec Guinness, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x23302

Sir Alec Guinness

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1954
NPG x23302

Glynis Johns, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127235

Glynis Johns

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1954
NPG x127235

Sir Stanley Baker, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x23300

Sir Stanley Baker

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1955
NPG x23300

Brigitte Bardot, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127218

Brigitte Bardot

by Cornel Lucas
C-type colour print, 1955
NPG x127218

Mai Zetterling, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127236

Mai Zetterling

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1955
NPG x127236

Peter Finch, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127237

Peter Finch

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1955
NPG x127237

Brigitte Bardot, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127240

Brigitte Bardot

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1955
NPG x127240

Diana Dors, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127230

Diana Dors

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 5 May 1955
NPG x127230

Katharine Hepburn, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127227

Katharine Hepburn

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1956
NPG x127227

Bob Hope, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127233

Bob Hope

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1956
NPG x127233

Paul Schofield, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127238

Paul Schofield

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1956
NPG x127238

Belinda Lee, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127239

Belinda Lee

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1956
NPG x127239

Mary Ure, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x23309

Mary Ure

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1957
NPG x23309

Jill Ireland, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127219

Jill Ireland

by Cornel Lucas
C-type colour print, 1957
NPG x127219

Lauren Bacall, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127220

Lauren Bacall

by Cornel Lucas
C-type colour print, 1958
NPG x127220

Claudia Cardinale, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127241

Claudia Cardinale

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1958
NPG x127241

Susan Travers, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127242

Susan Travers

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1958
NPG x127242

Laurence Harvey, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x23304

Laurence Harvey

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1959
NPG x23304

Gilbert Charles Harding, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x23303

Gilbert Charles Harding

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1960
NPG x23303

Sir Cliff Richard, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x23307

Sir Cliff Richard

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1960
NPG x23307

Susannah York, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127221

Susannah York

by Cornel Lucas
C-type colour print, 1962
NPG x127221

Barbara Hepworth, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x23305

Barbara Hepworth

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1963
NPG x23305

Leslie Caron, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127245

Leslie Caron

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1964
NPG x127245

Penelope Wilton, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127246

Penelope Wilton

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1968
NPG x127246

Suzy Parker, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127222

Suzy Parker

by Cornel Lucas
C-type colour print, 1969
NPG x127222

Raquel Welch, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127223

Raquel Welch

by Cornel Lucas
C-type colour print, 1970
NPG x127223

Richard Attenborough, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127247

Richard Attenborough

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1982
NPG x127247

Emeric Pressburger; Michael Powell, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x87556

Emeric Pressburger; Michael Powell

by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print, 1985
NPG x87556

David Lean, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x87112

David Lean

by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print, 1985
NPG x87112

(Oswald) Michael James Radford, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x87114

(Oswald) Michael James Radford

by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print, 1985
NPG x87114

Greta Scacchi, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127248

Greta Scacchi

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1988
NPG x127248

Alan Yentob, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x87116

Alan Yentob

by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print, 1996
NPG x87116

Lew Grade, Baron Grade, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x87110

Lew Grade, Baron Grade

by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print, 1996
NPG x87110

Related People

Tell us more back to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. You can buy a print of most illustrated portraits. Select the portrait of interest to you, then look out for a Buy a Print button. Prices start at £6 for unframed prints, £25 for framed prints. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.