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Wilfrid Newton

(1909-), Photographer

Artist associated with 30 portraits

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Vivien Leigh in 'Caesar and Cleopatra', by Wilfrid Newton - NPG x137523

Vivien Leigh in 'Caesar and Cleopatra'

by Wilfrid Newton
vintage film still, 1945
NPG x137523

Jean Simmons as the harpist in 'Caesar and Cleopatra', possibly by Wilfrid Newton - NPG x199013

Jean Simmons as the harpist in 'Caesar and Cleopatra'

possibly by Wilfrid Newton
bromide print, 1945
NPG x199013


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Sarah Henderson

06 January 2021, 13:29

I have been lucky enough to buy Wilfrid Newton's final shooting copy of the script for Caesar and Cleopatra. I often wonder if it is his signature inside. I would love to know what happened to him after the 1940s.


07 April 2018, 23:03

Wilfrid Newton (sometimes spelled Wilfred Newton) worked at Denham Studios during the 1940s, and photographed stills for the two big
British films: Henry V and Caesar and Cleopatra. It has been difficult to learn about his professional and private life. My interest is in his still photographs of the sets for Caesar and Cleopatra designed by John Bryan who died in 1969.

William Newton

31 March 2018, 13:25

Wilfred Newton is a distant relation of mine. My father and his cousin used to talk about him. I have one photograph of his of Humphrey Bogart. The story goes that he was summoned to Pinewood studios to take the photo, but was concerned that the finished product showed his very lined face. On presenting the photo to Mr Bogart, he liked it as it made him look mean and nasty! I believe his studio was in the West End, possibly Regent St

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