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Peter Lambda

(1911-1995), Sculptor and writer

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist of 9 portraits
The Hungarian-born sculptor made a number of theatrical portraits in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

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Sir (Howard) Kingsley Wood, by Peter Lambda - NPG 5480

Sir (Howard) Kingsley Wood

by Peter Lambda
bronze head, 1982, based on a work of 1939
NPG 5480

Aneurin Bevan, by Peter Lambda - NPG 4993

Aneurin Bevan

by Peter Lambda
bronze head, 1974, based on a work of 1945
NPG 4993

Aneurin Bevan, by Peter Lambda - NPG 5490

Aneurin Bevan

by Peter Lambda
plaster, circa 1945
NPG 5490

Laurence Olivier, by Peter Lambda - NPG 5481

Laurence Olivier

by Peter Lambda
bronze bust, 1950
NPG 5481

Laurence Olivier, by Peter Lambda - NPG 5481a

Laurence Olivier

by Peter Lambda
cold cast bronze bust, 1950
NPG 5481a

Dame Wendy Margaret Hiller, by Peter Lambda - NPG 6389

Dame Wendy Margaret Hiller

by Peter Lambda
bronze bust, 1997, based on a work of 1950s
NPG 6389

Christopher Fry, by Peter Lambda - NPG 5482

Christopher Fry

by Peter Lambda
bronze bust, 1951
NPG 5482

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Sir (Howard) Kingsley Wood

by Peter Lambda
plaster, 1939
NPG 5480a

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Christopher Fry

by Peter Lambda
plaster, 1951
NPG 5482a



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Julia Seiber Boyd

31 March 2021, 17:07

If, as I am informed, Lambda was the person originally known as Vilmos Levy, he was briefly married to Lilla Bauer in 1938/9 - (after her long relationship with Gyorgy Buday (wood cut artist) which lasted from 1933-38.
Levy did a bust of Lilla before they split up in London, which they reached on her visa in 1938. (She retained hers from travels with the Ballet Jooss where she was a principal dancer from 1932-37, then leaving to form her own company in Budapest - fleeing the country in 1938 after her very successful production of Madach's "Tragedy of Man" at Szeged open air theatre stage).

Lilla subsequently married the composer, Matyas Seiber (in 1946). She died aged 99 in 2011.

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