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Lily Brayton

(1876-1953), Actress

Sitter in 78 portraits
Edwardian beauty, Brayton began her acting career with Benson's Shakespearean Company in 1896. Marrying the Australian actor Oscar Asche in 1898, both formed a celebrated partnership, appearing in Asche's own productions, notably The Taming of the Shrew (1904) and Kismet (1911). In 1904 they formed their own theatrical company, and in 1907 became co-managers of His Majesty's Theatre, London. They made two popular tours of Australia, but their biggest hit was with the musical comedy Chu Chin Chow. This ran for five years from 1916, making it the biggest hit of the war years, with Brayton as the female lead. Her last stage appearance was as Portia in Julius Caesar in 1932.

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Lily Brayton, by Winifred Cécile Dongworth - NPG 5032

Lily Brayton

by Winifred Cécile Dongworth
watercolour on ivory, 1921
NPG 5032

Lily Brayton, by Winifred Cécile Dongworth - NPG 5033

Lily Brayton

by Winifred Cécile Dongworth
watercolour on ivory, exhibited 1925
NPG 5033

Lily Brayton, by Bassano Ltd, published by  Davidson Brothers - NPG x193631

Lily Brayton

by Bassano Ltd, published by Davidson Brothers
bromide postcard print, 1890s
NPG x193631

Lily Brayton, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x127900

Lily Brayton

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1900
NPG x127900

Lily Brayton, by Lizzie Caswall Smith, published by  Davidson Brothers - NPG Ax45836

Lily Brayton

by Lizzie Caswall Smith, published by Davidson Brothers
bromide postcard print, early 1900s
NPG Ax45836

Lily Brayton, by Rita Martin - NPG x35637

Lily Brayton

by Rita Martin
bromide print, 1900s
NPG x35637

Lily Brayton, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x4282

Lily Brayton

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, early 1900s
NPG x4282

Lily Brayton, by Alfred Ellis & Walery - NPG x6416

Lily Brayton

by Alfred Ellis & Walery
photogravure, early-mid 1900s
NPG x6416

Lily Brayton, by Johnston & Hoffmann, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG Ax160223

Lily Brayton

by Johnston & Hoffmann, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
matte bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG Ax160223

Lily Brayton, by Johnston & Hoffmann, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG Ax160224

Lily Brayton

by Johnston & Hoffmann, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG Ax160224

Lily Brayton, published by Ralph Dunn & Co - NPG Ax160225

Lily Brayton

published by Ralph Dunn & Co
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG Ax160225

Lily Brayton, by Lizzie Caswall Smith, published by  J. Wheeldon & Co - NPG x200405

Lily Brayton

by Lizzie Caswall Smith, published by J. Wheeldon & Co
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x200405

Lily Brayton, by Lizzie Caswall Smith, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x200406

Lily Brayton

by Lizzie Caswall Smith, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x200406

Lily Brayton, by Lizzie Caswall Smith, published by  Birn Brothers - NPG x200407

Lily Brayton

by Lizzie Caswall Smith, published by Birn Brothers
bromide postcard print, early 1900s
NPG x200407

Lily Brayton, by Lizzie Caswall Smith, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x200408

Lily Brayton

by Lizzie Caswall Smith, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x200408

Lily Brayton, by Lizzie Caswall Smith, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x200409

Lily Brayton

by Lizzie Caswall Smith, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x200409

Lily Brayton as Katherine in 'The Taming of the Shrew', by Rita Martin, published by  Aristophot Co Ltd - NPG x131451

Lily Brayton as Katherine in 'The Taming of the Shrew'

by Rita Martin, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
postcard print, 1904
NPG x131451

Lily Brayton as Katherine in 'The Taming of the Shrew', by Rita Martin, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x131484

Lily Brayton as Katherine in 'The Taming of the Shrew'

by Rita Martin, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1904-1908
NPG x131484

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