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Sir Robert Murray Helpmann

(1909-1986), Ballet dancer, choreographer, actor and producer

Sitter in 16 portraits
Helpmann began his training with Anna Pavlova when she toured Australia in 1927. He joined the Vic-Wells Ballet in 1933 and partnered the young Fonteyn. A versatile performer, he danced the classic male leads and dramatic roles such as Job and he created comic roles, including an Ugly Sister in Cinderella (1948). During the war he choreographed dance-dramas for the Company, including Hamlet (1942) and Miracle of the Gorbals (1944). He acted on stage and film, most memorably as the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). He was appointed co-artistic director of Australian Ballet in 1965 and received a knighthood in 1968.

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Sir Robert Murray Helpmann, by Angus McBean - NPG P61

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1950
NPG P61

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann, by Houston Rogers - NPG x184390

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann

by Houston Rogers
bromide press print, 1940
NPG x184390

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann; Constant Lambert, by John Worley Debenham - NPG x194405

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann; Constant Lambert

by John Worley Debenham
bromide press print, 1940s
NPG x194405

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann; Moira Shearer, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x87555

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann; Moira Shearer

by Cornel Lucas
bromide fibre print, 1947
NPG x87555

Margot Fonteyn; Sir Robert Murray Helpmann, by Norman Parkinson - NPG x30080

Margot Fonteyn; Sir Robert Murray Helpmann

by Norman Parkinson
bromide print on card mount, 1951
NPG x30080

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann, by Anthony Buckley - NPG x76095

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann

by Anthony Buckley
modern bromide print from original negative, 1954
NPG x76095

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann, by Pamela Chandler - NPG x88829

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann

by Pamela Chandler
modern bromide print from original negative, September 1956
NPG x88829

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann; Pamela Chandler, by Pamela Chandler - NPG x125014

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann; Pamela Chandler

by Pamela Chandler
modern bromide print from original negative, September 1956
NPG x125014

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann; Pamela Chandler, by Pamela Chandler - NPG x125015

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann; Pamela Chandler

by Pamela Chandler
modern bromide print from original negative, September 1956
NPG x125015

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165743

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 18 August 1970
NPG x165743

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165744

Sir Robert Murray Helpmann

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 18 August 1970
NPG x165744

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Sir Robert Murray Helpmann

by Helen Muspratt
bromide print, 1936
NPG x76161

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Sir Robert Murray Helpmann

by Helen Muspratt
bromide print, 1936
NPG x76162

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Sir Robert Murray Helpmann

by Angus McBean
gelatin silver print, circa 1952
NPG x198529

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Sir Robert Murray Helpmann

by Gordon Anthony
postcard print
NPG x87350

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