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Charlie Chaplin

(1889-1977), Film actor and director

Sir Charles ('Charlie') Chaplin

Sitter in 25 portraits
Comic genius of early cinema; Charlie Chaplin dubbed the world's greatest clown, began his career in London's music halls. Celebrity came with his portrayal of the little tramp, with bowler hat and cane, in a series of films from 1910 to the 1920s. Films featuring his tramp character such as The Kid (1920), The Gold Rush (1925) and Modern Times (1936) became world wide classics; later films included The Great Dictator (1940) and Limelight (1952) for which he also wrote the scripts and music.

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Charlie Chaplin, by Strauss-Peyton Studio - NPG P283

Charlie Chaplin

by Strauss-Peyton Studio
bromide print, 1921
NPG P283

Charlie Chaplin, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs - NPG 5224(9)

Charlie Chaplin

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink, circa 1928-1936
NPG 5224(9)

Charlie Chaplin, by Homer Peyton - NPG P281

Charlie Chaplin

by Homer Peyton
bromide print, 1929
NPG P281

Charlie Chaplin, by Douglas Kirkland - NPG P282

Charlie Chaplin

by Douglas Kirkland
bromide print, 1966
NPG P282

Charlie Chaplin, by Alfred Eisenstaedt - NPG P2031

Charlie Chaplin

by Alfred Eisenstaedt
bromide print, 1966
NPG P2031

Charlie Chaplin, by Unknown photographer - NPG x200186

Charlie Chaplin

by Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 15 March 1916
NPG x200186

Charlie Chaplin on-set for 'The Pilgrim', by James Abbe - NPG x138888

Charlie Chaplin on-set for 'The Pilgrim'

by James Abbe
vintage bromide print, 1922
NPG x138888

Charlie Chaplin on-set for 'The Pilgrim', by James Abbe - NPG x193425

Charlie Chaplin on-set for 'The Pilgrim'

by James Abbe
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published October 1922
NPG x193425

Charlie Chaplin, published by J. Millhoff & Co Ltd - NPG x196381

Charlie Chaplin

published by J. Millhoff & Co Ltd
bromide cigarette card, published circa 1930
NPG x196381

Oona O'Neill; Charlie Chaplin, for ACME Newspictures, Inc. - NPG x139882

Oona O'Neill; Charlie Chaplin

for ACME Newspictures, Inc.
bromide press print, 1943
NPG x139882

Charlie Chaplin with his family, by Yves Debraine - NPG x34818

Charlie Chaplin with his family

by Yves Debraine
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x34818

Charlie Chaplin with his family, by Unknown photographer - NPG x198383

Charlie Chaplin with his family

by Unknown photographer
gelatin silver print, 16 October 1952
NPG x198383

Charlie Chaplin; Grock ((Charles) Adrien Wettach), by Unknown photographer - NPG x30413

Charlie Chaplin; Grock ((Charles) Adrien Wettach)

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1953
NPG x30413

Charlie Chaplin; Oona O'Neill, for Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x198291

Charlie Chaplin; Oona O'Neill

for Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 17 April 1953
NPG x198291

Charlie Chaplin; Oona O'Neill, by Francis Goodman - NPG x195068

Charlie Chaplin; Oona O'Neill

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1954
NPG x195068

Charlie Chaplin with his family, by Yves Debraine - NPG x198384

Charlie Chaplin with his family

by Yves Debraine
gelatin silver print, 1959
NPG x198384

Charlie Chaplin with his family, by Yves Debraine - NPG x34819

Charlie Chaplin with his family

by Yves Debraine
bromide print, 1959
NPG x34819

Charlie Chaplin, by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie - NPG D2662

Charlie Chaplin

by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
NPG D2662

Charlie Chaplin, by Unknown artist, issued by  Godfrey Phillips - NPG D2694

Charlie Chaplin

by Unknown artist, issued by Godfrey Phillips
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1932
NPG D2694

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